noun, plural e·lec·tro·cau·ter·ies. Medicine/Medical.

  1. a handheld, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
  2. Also e·lec·tro·cau·ter·i·za·tion. the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.


  1. vet science the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery


  1. An instrument for directing a high-frequency current through a local area of tissue.
  2. A metal cauterizing instrument heated by electricity.
  3. The cauterization of tissue by means of one of these instruments.

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