cheiro-, cheir-, chiro-, chir-, -cheiria, -chiria +

(Greek: hand; pertaining to the hand or hands)

cheirospasm, chirospasm
Writer's cramp; a spasm of the muscles of the hand or hands.
cheirothesia, chirothesia
The laying on of hands in an ecclesiastical ceremony.
cheirotomy, chirotomy
Surgical operation on a hand or the hands.
cheirotonize, chirotonize
1. The election of someone by show of hands or voting.
2. To elect by vote, to vote, by raising the hands.
cheirotonsor, chirotonsor
An alternate title for a barber.
cheirotony, chirotony
1. A vote which is taken by a show of hands.
2. The use of the hands in gesticulation or mime.
cheirurgeon, chirurgeon
An earlier and now obsolete term for surgeon.
cheirurgery, chirurgery
An earlier term for that part of medical science and art which is concerned with the cure of diseases or bodily injuries by manual operation now commonly known as surgery.
cheirurgic, chirurgic
An original term for the medical practice of surgery, surgical.
cheirurgical, chirurgical
The earliest form of surgical; skilled in, practicing, or treating a physical ailment with surgery.

The Modern French word for "surgery" is the reconstructed chirurgie. When surgeons want to put on airs they apply the adjective term chirurgical or "surgical" in its more academic or classical terminology; such as, The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty.

cheirurgy, chirurgy
An early Greek to Latin term for what is now known as surgery.
chieropterygium, chiropterygium
Any typical limb on a vertebrate, thought to have evolved from a finlike extension.
Massage of the body, using gentle hand movments.
chiroiatry, chiriatry
1. Medical treatment of the hand or hands.
2. Healing by the laying on of hands.
The art of using gesticulations or hand gestures to good effect in traditional rhetoric or oratory.

Effective use of the hands, with or without the use of the voice, is a practice of great antiquity, which was developed and systematized by the Greeks and the Romans.

Various gestures had conventionalized meanings which were commonly understood, either within certain classes or professional groups, or broadly among dramatic and oratorical audiences.