electrocautery

electrocautery
1. An instrument for directing a high frequency current through a local area of tissue. 2. A metal cauterizing instrument heated by an electric current. SYN: electric cautery.

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elec·tro·cau·tery -'kȯt-ə-rē n, pl -ter·ies
1) a cautery operated by an electric current
2) the cauterization of tissue by means of an electrocautery

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n.
the destruction of diseased or unwanted tissue by means of a needle or snare that is electrically heated. Warts, polyps, and other growths can be burned away by this method.

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elec·tro·cau·tery (e-lek″tro-kawґtər-e) 1. an apparatus for surgical dissection and hemostasis, using heat generated by a high-voltage, high-frequency alternating current passed through an electrode. 2. the cauterization of tissue using such an instrument; see also electrocoagulation and electrohemostasis. Called also electrocauterization.

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