Definition of Cautery

1. Noun. An instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it.

Exact synonyms: Cauterant
Specialized synonyms: Cryocautery, Searing Iron
Generic synonyms: Instrument
Derivative terms: Cauterize, Cauterise, Cauterize



2. Noun. The act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing.

Definition of Cautery

1. n. A burning or searing, as of morbid flesh, with a hot iron, or by application of a caustic that will burn, corrode, or destroy animal tissue.

Definition of Cautery

1. Noun. (medical) The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue. ¹

2. Noun. (medical) A device used for cutting or sealing body tissue. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cautery

1. something used to destroy tissue [n -TERIES]

Medical Definition of Cautery

1. The application of a caustic substance, a hot instrument, an electric current, or other agent to destroy tissue. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cautery

cauteriser
cauterisers
cauterises
cauterising
cauterism
cauterisms
cauterization
cauterizations
cauterize
cauterized
cauterizer
cauterizers
cauterizes
cauterizing
cauters
cautery (current term)
cautery knife
caution
cautionary
cautionary tale
cautioned
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cautioners
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cautionries
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cautions
cautious
cautious statement
cautiously

Literary usage of Cautery

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1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1891)
"[B<*d February 11,1891 ] As long ago as 1873,Martinache, of San Francisco,1 recommended the application of the actual cautery for the treatment of hypopyon ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"sues down into the cautery. In this way the operator and his assistant can do almost perfect team work. The application of the heat is maintained until all ..."

3. Transactions of the Annual Meeting by Ohio State Medical Society (1892)
"There is no agent at our command which is so positive in its results on diseased surfaces as the actual cautery, yet up to the present time the ..."

4. A Handbook of uterine therapeutics and of diseases of women by Edward John Tilt (1881)
"Two forms of cautery are used, a nummular one about the size of a shilling for flat surfaces, ... The olive-like cautery is used to cauterize the cavity of ..."

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