Meaning of surgeon general

sur'geon gen'eral

Pronunciation: [key]
— pl., surgeons general.
  1. the chief of medical services in one of the armed forces.
  2. (caps.) the head of the U.S. Bureau of Public Health or, in some states, of a state health agency.
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