Looking for an adjective for defining the activities that enhance or require fine motor skills (neurosurgery, jewelry-making).

I expected it to be related to the word craftsmanship, but according to the sources that I used, the word "crafty", that is the only cognate in the form of an adjective, has a different meaning.

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    It's often called precision work. I'm not sure I'd call that "high motor skills" though - it seems to me you need far more sophisticated motor skills to do things like skiing and surfing. But we don't call those activities "precision work" because they don't actually produce an artefact made to fine tolerances. Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 13:43
  • @FumbleFingers Thanks! Not exactly what I was looking for, but it's better than nothing :)
    – Eduard
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 14:08

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I don't believe there is a single word that carries the meaning you are looking for. It's a perfect opportunity to mess around and come up with your own word, like

  • deftcentric
  • dextrordinary
  • nimblesome

After all, someone had to be the first one to use every word we know.

  • This is a great idea to come up with new words, but in this case, my proficiency of English is not great enough to comprehend these blendings.
    – Eduard
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 15:28
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    @Eduard Your proficiency is exceeded only by your graciousness. Would there were more of you and fewer down voters. You and I are at least participating.
    – CWill
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 16:06

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