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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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