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
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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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Word Origin and History for cautery
1540s, from Latin cauterium "branding iron," from Greek kauterion (see cauterize).
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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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