- 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
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Examples from the Web for cautery
They tell me the cautery, if dexterously applied, is better; but I have not tried it.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
If the spurting blood should cool the cautery, take another.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
The cancer had taken firm hold, and was beyond the reach of any cautery.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi
Count Carlo Gozzi
The cautery may, if necessary, be reintroduced several times.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
There are some diseases so terrible that they must be cured by the knife and the cautery.The Battle of Principles
Newell Dwight Hillis
- the coagulation of blood or destruction of body tissue by cauterizing
- Also called: cauterant an instrument or chemical agent for cauterizing
C14: from Old French cautère, from Latin cautērium; see cauterize
Word Origin and History for cautery
1540s, from Latin cauterium "branding iron," from Greek kauterion (see cauterize).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An agent or instrument used to destroy tissue by burning, searing, cutting, or scarring, including caustic substances, electric currents, and lasers.
- The act or process of cauterizing.
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- 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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