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[kaw-tuh-ree] /ˈkɔ tə ri/
noun, plural cauteries.
an escharotic substance, electric current, or hot iron used to destroy tissue.
the process of destroying tissue with a cautery.
Origin of cautery
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cautērium < Greek kautḗrion, equivalent to kautḗr branding iron (see cauterize) + -ion diminutive suffix Unabridged
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noun (pl) -teries
the coagulation of blood or destruction of body tissue by cauterizing
Also called cauterant. an instrument or chemical agent for cauterizing
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cautère, from Latin cautērium; see cauterize
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Word Origin and History for cautery

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

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cautery in Medicine

cautery cau·ter·y (kô'tə-rē)

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

  2. The act or process of cauterizing.

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cautery in Science
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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