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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: surgeon + -ical

surgical

adjective
     
surgical
sur‧gi‧cal [only before noun]
1MH relating to or used for medical operations:
surgical techniques
surgical equipment/instruments/treatment
scalpels and other surgical instruments
2

surgical stocking/collar etc

British EnglishMD 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 adverb:
The lump was surgically removed.
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