actual cautery ac·tu·al cautery (āk'chōō-əl)
An agent or process, such as electrocautery or a hot iron, that cauterizes tissue using heat and not a chemical means.
The actual cautery is an old method, but we shall not describe it, as we consider that we have better methods now.
Jadelot, Guersent, and Baron, have employed the actual cautery with success in several instances.
In such cases we have derived excellent results with the actual cautery.
M. Marjolin has cured three cases; one by the actual cautery, one by caustic potassa, and a third by muriate of soda!
Lastly, the actual cautery, which is Fire, must be apply'd thereto.
The hæmorrhage from the dental artery was arrested by the actual cautery.
Counter-irritation by blisters or the actual cautery may be had recourse to in dry cases in which pain is a prominent feature.
When this fails, recourse may be had to cauterization with the point of a heated iron or some other form of actual cautery.
In such cases the coronet should be blistered or even fired with the actual cautery, and the patient turned to pasture.
Banter prescribed the actual cautery, and put the poker in the fire to be heated, in order to sear the place.