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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.
In group A (silver nitrate cautery), 87.5% cases had no rebleed during two months follow up and in group-B, 67.8% children had no rebleed during two months follow up period (p=0.022).
This study aimed to determine the incidence of revision adenoidectomy after the use of microdebrider, Coblation, suction cautery, and curette instruments over a 10year period at a single major tertiary children's center in the United States.
[3,4,5] The management of a patient with epistaxis ranges from the replacement of blood loss, direct visualisation and cautery, nasal packing and surgical (Endoscopic or external) and embolisation.
The randomly divided patients of Group A (n=30) underwent cauterization with unipolar cautery while Group B (n=30) patients with bipolar cautery.
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.
The correlation between duration of cautery and delayed perforation has not previously been reported.
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.
Therefore, we preferred to use the full wave mode for cautery use in order to have less tissue damage [10].
Wound morbidity following mastectomy is related to the creation of large thin flaps, and the use of cautery. Very thin flaps should be avoided, as they tend to develop necrosis.
See your GP, who may recommend a painless cautery to shrink some of them.