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[sur-ji-kuh l] /ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/

pertaining to or involving or .
used in .
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness:
a surgical air strike against enemy targets.
of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
(of an action) performed with extreme precision: a surgical air attack on the missile complex

1770, alteration of chirurgical; see 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]

surgical sur·gi·cal (sûr’jĭ-kəl)


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