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Neurosurgery Definition

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Updated January 07, 2009

Neurosurgery and the central nervous system

The Central Nervous System

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Definition: Neurosurgery is the surgical specialty that deals with the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Surgery may be necessary due to a birth defect, traumatic injury, cancer or other reasons.

Subspecialties include pediatric neurosurgery and oncology, specializing in brain tumors and other tumors of the nervous system.

Pronunciation: ner-oh surgery
Also Known As: neuro, neurosurg, neurosurgeons, neurological surgery, brain surgery, spine surgery,
Common Misspellings: nuerosurgery,
Examples:
The neurosurgeon had studied for many years to be able to perform brain surgery expertly.
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