Cautery Definition

kôtə-rē
cauteries
noun
cauteries
An instrument or substance for cauterizing.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage Medicine
The act of cauterizing.
Webster's New World
(medicine) The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue.
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Other Word Forms of Cautery

Noun

Singular:
cautery
Plural:
cauteries

Origin of Cautery

  • Middle English cauterie from Latin cautērium branding iron, cautery from Greek kautērion from kaiein kau- to burn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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