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n. pl. cau·ter·ies
1. 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.
2. The act or process of cauterizing.

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


n, pl -teries
1. (Surgery) the coagulation of blood or destruction of body tissue by cauterizing
2. (Surgery) Also called: cauterant an instrument or chemical agent for cauterizing


(ˈkɔ tə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
1. any substance or instrument, as an electric current or hot iron, used to destroy tissue.
2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cautērium < Greek kautḗrion, derivative of kautḗr branding iron]


the act of cauterization, or burning away of dead tissue.
See also: Surgery
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cautery - 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
cryocautery - an instrument for destroying tissue by freezing it
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
searing iron - a hot iron used to destroy tissue
2.cautery - the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, surgery, operation - a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"
cryocautery - application of a substance that destroys tissue by freezing it
thermocautery - cautery (destruction of tissue) by heat


n. cauterizador, instrumento utilizado para destruir tejidos por medio de electricidad, calor o sustancias químicas.


n cauterio
References in classic literature ?
I mean this: When a carpenter is ill he asks the physician for a rough and ready cure; an emetic or a purge or a cautery or the knife,-- these are his remedies.
Tenders are invited for saline turp with electro cautery
The randomly divided patients of Group A (n=30) underwent cauterization with unipolar cautery while Group B (n=30) patients with bipolar cautery.
Objective: To compare monopolar cautery with cold steel dissection for tonsillectomy in pediatric age group.
Introduction: We sought to determine how frequently cautery (thermal) artifact precludes an accurate determination of stage at initial transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) of large bladder tumours.
Surgical extirpation and electro cautery were adopted to excise the growths.
Submucous diathermy: Intramucosal cautery is useful when attempting to induce involution of the mucosal glands within the submucosa without damaging the overlying ciliated mucosa.
But readers who are alternately amused and appalled by descriptions of bloodletting, cautery irons, counter-irritation, sympathetic powders, and revolting poultices should not feel too smug.
The tonsillectomy was performed with a monopolar Bovie cautery equipped with a guarded standard tip on the settings of 12 for spray coagulation and 5 for cut.
Wound morbidity following mastectomy is related to the creation of large thin flaps, and the use of cautery.
See your GP, who may recommend a painless cautery to shrink some of them.