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Compare French chirurgique surgical, Latin chirurgicus, Ancient Greek χειρουργικός (kheirourgikós, surgical), from χειρουργός (kheirourgós, surgeon), from χείρ (kheír, hand) + ἔργον (érgon, work). See chirurgeon, and compare surgical.


chirurgic (not comparable)

  1. (medicine, obsolete) Of or pertaining to chirurgery; surgical.
    • 1736, Daniel Turner, “Of Ulcers in General”, in The Art of Surgery: in which is Laid down such a General Idea of the same, as is Founded upon Reason, Confirm'd by Practice, and farther Illustrated with many Singular and Rare Cases Medico-chirurgical. In Two Volumes, volume II, 5th corr. edition, London: Printed for C[harles] Rivington in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and J. Clarke under the Royal Exchange, page 4:
      [] That all Ulcers which are ſtubborn or, as they are termed, rebellious, come under the Name of Cacoethic, a Word frequently met with in chyrurgic Treatiſes []
    • 1898, Maurus Jokai, The Nameless Castle[1]:
      "I brought my chirurgic instruments with me."
    • 1863, George Eliot, Romola[2]:
      "It is but fitting that a great medicus like you," said Nello, adjusting the cloth, "should be shaved by the same razor that has shaved the illustrious Antonio Benevieni, the greatest master of the chirurgic art."