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The selective exposure of tissues to extreme cold, often by applying a probe containing liquid nitrogen, to bring about the destruction or elimination of abnormal cells.
cry′o·sur′geon (-jən) n.
cry′o·sur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
(Surgery) surgery involving the local destruction of tissues by quick freezing for therapeutic benefit
cry•o•sur•ger•y(ˌkraɪ oʊˈsɜr dʒə ri)
the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue for therapeutic purposes.
a surgical technique using freezing to destroy tissue.See also: Cold, Surgery
A method of destroying tissue by freezing, used during surgery.
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|Noun||1.||cryosurgery - the use of extreme cold (usually liquid nitrogen) to destroy unwanted tissue (warts or cataracts or skin cancers)|
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"