From Anglo-Norman surgien, sirogen (Old French surgien et al.), from a Vulgar Latin derivative of Latin chīrūrgia (“surgery”), from chīrurgus (“surgeon”), from Ancient Greek χείρ (kheír, “hand”) + ἔργον (érgon, “work”).
surgeon (plural surgeons)
- One who performs surgery; a doctor who performs operations on people or animals.
- The surgeon refused to operate because the patient was her son.
- A surgeonfish.
- In the UK, a surgeon holds a fellowship or a postgraduate degree in order to be known as a surgeon. For instance: FRCS or Master of Surgery
- In the United States, a surgeon belongs to a subcategory of doctors (physicians) whose practice is largely or exclusively focused on surgery. They generally hold a credential from a medical body regulating the specialty in which they practice.
- sawbones (slang)
doctor who performs surgery