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n. pl. e·lec·tro·cau·ter·ies
1. A cautery heated by an electric current.
2. The cauterization of tissue by such an instrument.


(Breeds) vet science the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery


(ɪˌlɛk troʊˈkɔ tə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
1. a hand-held, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
2. Also, e•lec`tro•cau`ter•i•za′tion. the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.
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Noun1.electrocautery - application of a needle heated by an electric current to destroy tissue (as to remove warts)
thermocautery - cautery (destruction of tissue) by heat
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Monopolar electrocautery is not as good a choice for treating diaphragmatic endometriosis because of higher depth of penetration, which may cause tissue necrosis and subsequent delayed diaphragmatic fenestrations.
1,11,15,17) Noordzij and Affleck (1) and Aksoy et al (16) observed no difference in wound healing between adults who underwent tonsillectomy with monopolar electrocautery and those treated with radiofrequency.
We present a randomized clinical study comparing cold steel dissection with monopolar electrocautery for tonsillectomy with regards to the following out comes.
But the use of monopolar electrocautery in the Calot's triangle is still considered taboo by most surgeons.
In group A the method of dissection was by ultrasonic device (Harmonic) whereas in group B conventional monopolar electrocautery method of dissection was used for dissection of the gall bladder from its bed.
Objective: To compare Harmonic scalpel with conventional Monopolar Electrocautery hook in terms of gallbladder perforation rate in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.
Numerous surgical techniques have been advocated; they include, but are not limited to, (1) cold-knife surgery, (4) either in a limited form or with a Z-plasty, (5) (2) monopolar electrocautery, (6) and (3) laser surgery.