cautery


cautery

noun, plural cau·ter·ies.

  1. an escharotic substance, electric current, or hot iron used to destroy tissue.
  2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery.

noun plural -teries

  1. the coagulation of blood or destruction of body tissue by cauterizing
  2. Also called: cauterant an instrument or chemical agent for cauterizing
n.

1540s, from Latin cauterium “branding iron,” from Greek kauterion (see cauterize).

n.

  1. An agent or instrument used to destroy tissue by burning, searing, cutting, or scarring, including caustic substances, electric currents, and lasers.
  2. The act or process of cauterizing.

  1. An agent or instrument used to destroy tissue, as in surgery, by burning, searing, cutting, or scarring, including caustic substances, electric currents, and lasers.

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