noun, plural e·lec·tro·cau·ter·ies. Medicine/Medical.

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.

Nearby words

  1. electrocaloric effect,
  2. electrocardiogram,
  3. electrocardiograph,
  4. electrocardiography,
  5. electrocauterization,
  6. electrocerebral silence,
  7. electrochemical,
  8. electrochemical cell,
  9. electrochemical equivalent,
  10. electrochemical series

Origin of electrocautery

First recorded in 1880–85; electro- + cautery

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British Dictionary definitions for electrocautery



vet science the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery
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Medicine definitions for 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.

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