cautery

cautery
1. An agent or device used for scarring, burning, or cutting the skin or other tissues by means of heat, cold, electric current, ultrasound, or caustic chemicals. 2. Use of a c.. [G. kauterion, a branding iron]
- actual c. a c., such as electrocautery, acting directly through heat and not by chemical means. SYN: technocausis.
- BICAP c. a form of bipolar electrocoagulation frequently used to arrest gastrointestinal bleeding.
- bipolar c. electrocautery by high frequency electrical current passed through tissue from an active to a passive electrode; used for hemostasis.
- cold c. SYN: cryocautery.
- electric c. SYN: electrocautery.
- gas c. c. by means of a measured amount of a lighted gas jet.
- monopolar c. electrocautery by high frequency electrical current passed from a single electrode, where the cauterization occurs, the patient's body serving as a ground.

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cau·tery 'kȯt-ə-rē n, pl -ter·ies
1) the act or effect of cauterizing: CAUTERIZATION
2) an agent (as a hot iron or caustic) used to burn, sear, or destroy tissue

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cau·tery (kawґtər-e) [L. cauterium; Gr. kautērion] 1. a caustic substance or hot or cold instrument used in 2. cauterization. cauterization.

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  • Cautery — Cau ter*y, n.; pl. {Cauteries}. [L. cauterium, Gr. ?. See {Cauter}.] 1. (Med.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cautery — 1540s, from L. cauterium branding iron, from Gk. kauterion (see CAUTERIZE (Cf. cauterize)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cautery — [kôt′ər ē] n. pl. cauteries [ME cauterie < L cauterium < Gr kautērion] 1. an instrument or substance for cauterizing 2. the act of cauterizing …   English World dictionary

  • cautery — /kaw teuh ree/, n., pl. cauteries. 1. an escharotic substance, electric current, or hot iron used to destroy tissue. 2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery. [1350 1400; ME < L cauterium < Gk kautérion, equiv. to kautér branding iron… …   Universalium

  • cautery — cau·ter·y || kɔːtÉ™rɪ n. instrument or substance used to cauterize abnormal tissue; cauterization, act of searing, process of destroying tissue with a cautery …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cautery — cau•ter•y [[t]ˈkɔ tə ri[/t]] n. pl. ter•ies 1) med any substance or instrument, as an electric current or hot iron, used to destroy tissue 2) med the process of destroying tissue with a cautery • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L cautērium < Gk… …   From formal English to slang

  • cautery — /ˈkɔtəri/ (say kawtuhree) noun (plural cauteries) 1. an escharotic substance or a hot iron used to destroy tissue. 2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery. {Latin cautērium, from Greek kautērion, diminutive of kautēr branding iron} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • cautery — noun (plural teries) Etymology: Latin cauterium, from Greek kautērion branding iron, from kaiein Date: 14th century 1. the act or effect of cauterizing ; cauterization 2. an agent (as a hot iron or caustic) used to burn, sear, or destroy tissue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cautery — noun a) The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue. b) A device used for cutting or sealing body tissue …   Wiktionary

  • cautery — [ kɔ:t(ə)ri] noun (plural cauteries) Medicine 1》 an instrument or caustic substance used for cauterizing. 2》 the action of cauterizing. Origin ME: via L. from Gk kautērion (see cauterize) …   English new terms dictionary

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