- Operations carried out for the correction of deformities and defects, repair of injuries, and diagnosis and cure of certain diseases. (Taber, 18th ed.)
Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- A procedure to remove or repair a part of the body or to find out whether disease is present. An operation.
National Cancer Institute
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.