sur|gi|cal [ˈsə:dʒıkəl US ˈsə:r-] adj [only before noun]
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: surgeon + -ical]
1.) relating to or used for medical operations
surgical techniques
surgical equipment/instruments/treatment
scalpels and other surgical instruments
2.) surgical stocking/collar etc
BrE a ↑stocking etc that someone wears to support a part of their body that is injured or weak
3.) done very carefully and in exactly the right place
With surgical precision he cut four inches off the legs of the jeans.
>surgically [-kli] adv
The lump was surgically removed .

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  • surgical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or used in surgery. 2) worn to correct or relieve an injury, illness, or deformity. 3) done with great precision. DERIVATIVES surgically adverb …   English terms dictionary

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  • surgical — adjective Etymology: surgeon + ical Date: 1770 1. a. of or relating to surgeons or surgery < surgical skills > b. used in or in connection with surgery < surgical gauze > c. following or resulting from surgery < surgical fevers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surgical — /ˈsɜdʒɪkəl/ (say serjikuhl) adjective 1. relating to or involving surgery: a surgical procedure. 2. used in surgery: surgical instruments. 3. extremely accurate: surgical precision. {earlier chirurgical (see chirurgery), replaced by surg(eon) +… …   Australian English dictionary

  • surgical — adjective (only before noun) 1 connected with or used for medical operations: surgical techniques 2 surgical stocking/collar etc a stocking etc that someone wears to support a part of their body that is injured or weak surgically / kli/ adverb:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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