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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.
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(Breeds) vet science the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery
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(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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In Group A, patients underwent frenulectomy by Z-plasty and Group B patients had frenulotomy (simple release) by bipolar electrocautery. All those children with short frenulum which caused restriction of tongue movements were included in this study.
Hemostasis was generally obtained by sutures and/or bipolar electrocautery with the power level set at 20 to 25 W in the coagulation mode.
Raut carried out a study which compared bipolar electrocautery and cold dissection method however in this study no significant difference was observed in postoperative pain between the two techniques8.
In a study conducted on adults, tonsillectomies performed by TWS and bipolar electrocautery were compared in terms of intraoperative bleeding, operation duration, postoperative pain, time to regain normal diet, and postoperative bleeding [3, 4].
Three of the arms are for tools that hold objects, act as a scalpel, scissors, bovie, or unipolar or bipolar electrocautery instruments.
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