- an instrument or substance for cauterizing
- the act of cauterizing
Origin of cauteryMiddle English cauterie ; from Classical Latin cauterium ; from Classical Greek kaut?rion
- An agent or instrument used to destroy abnormal tissue by burning, searing, or scarring, including caustic substances, electric currents, lasers, and very hot or very cold instruments.
- The act or process of cauterizing.
Origin of cauteryMiddle English cauterie, from Latin caut&emacron;rium, branding iron, cautery, from Greek kaut&emacron;rion, from kaiein, kau-, to burn.
- (medicine) The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue.
- (medicine) A device used for cutting or sealing body tissue.