[ ih-lek-troh-kaw-tuh-ree ]
/ ɪˌlɛk troʊˈkɔ tə ri /

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.

Origin of electrocautery

First recorded in 1880–85; electro- + cautery
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British Dictionary definitions for electrocautery

/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈkɔːtərɪ) /


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

[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-kôtə-rē ]


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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