cautery

[ kaw-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈkɔ tə ri /

noun, plural cau·ter·ies.

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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British Dictionary definitions for cautery

cautery

/ (ˈkɔːtərɪ) /

noun plural -teries

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

Word Origin for cautery

C14: from Old French cautère, from Latin cautērium; see cauterize
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Medicine definitions for cautery

cautery

[ kôtə-rē ]

n.

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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Science definitions for cautery

cautery

[ kôtə-rē ]

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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