Etymology
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surgical (adj.)

1770, earlier chirurgical (early 15c.), from surgery + -ical. Related: Surgically.

surgical strike: There is no such thing. Don't use unless in a quote, then question what that means. [Isaac Cubillos, "Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide," 2010]

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of surgical from WordNet

surgical (adj.)
of or relating to or involving or used in surgery;
surgical intervention
surgical instruments
surgical (adj.)
relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine;
a surgical appendix
a surgical procedure
Synonyms: operative
surgical (adj.)
performed with great precision;
a surgical air strike
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.