I've been reading some old encyclopedias (-ae?), and found 'chirurgy'. When did its usage become supplanted by the modern 'surgery'?
Chirurgy, ( more commonly chirurgery) given its Greek origin and academic usage was used in the past as an alternative to surgery, probably due to the Renaissance attempt to restore the Greek spelling of the related term chirurgeon:
- noun, archaic for surgery.
1714, John Ayliffe, The Antient and Present State of the University of Oxford.
- A Student in Chirurgery is admitted to practise throughout England, if he has been honestly and skilfully exercent therein for seven Years, and has gone through two Operations in Anatomy, and performed three Cures (at the least) […]