- the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue for therapeutic purposes.
Origin of cryosurgery
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- surgery involving the local destruction of tissues by quick freezing for therapeutic benefit
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- The selective exposure of tissues to extreme cold, often by applying a probe containing liquid nitrogen, to bring about the destruction or elimination of abnormal cells.
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