surgeon

A surgeon is a kind of doctor who treats his patients by using his hands, often by performing surgery. If you're comfortable slicing into a person's body to remove an appendix, then you might make a decent surgeon.

The word surgeon comes from the Greek kheirourgos, which is a fancy way of saying "done by the hand." Whereas a doctor-at-large might treat his patients by chatting with them, asking questions, and prescribing medications, a surgeon's work is much more hands-on, you might say. A surgeon specializes in cutting open the body, usually to heal his patients.

Definitions of surgeon
  1. noun
    a physician who specializes in surgery
    synonyms: operating surgeon, sawbones
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    William Beaumont
    United States surgeon remembered for his studies of digestion (1785-1853)
    Alexis Carrel
    French surgeon and biologist who developed a way to suture and graft blood vessels (1873-1944)
    William Cowper
    English surgeon who discovered Cowper's gland (1666-1709)
    Michael Ellis De Bakey
    United States heart surgeon who in 1966 implanted the first artificial heart in a human patient (born in 1908)
    William Crawford Gorgas
    United States Army surgeon who suppressed yellow fever in Havana and in the Panama Canal Zone (1854-1920)
    Joseph Lister
    English surgeon who was the first to use antiseptics (1827-1912)
    James Parkinson
    English surgeon (1755-1824)
    Walter Reed
    United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
    types:
    amputator
    a surgeon who removes part or all of a limb
    cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon
    a surgeon who beautifies the body (especially the face)
    brain surgeon, neurosurgeon
    someone who does surgery on the nervous system (especially the brain)
    type of:
    Dr., MD, doc, doctor, medico, physician
    a licensed medical practitioner
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