- a handheld, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
- Also e·lec·tro·cau·ter·i·za·tion. the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.
Origin of electrocautery
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- vet science the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery
- The cauterization of tissue by an electrocautery.
- An instrument for directing a high-frequency current through a local area of tissue.
- A metal cauterizing instrument heated by electricity.
- The cauterization of tissue by means of one of these instruments.