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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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Keywords: Bile duct injuries, Conventional monopolar electrocautery, Gallstones, Harmonic scalpel, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Much of this pain may arise from the thermal injury from the use of electrocautery or laser.
* PHYSICIAN'S DEFENSE Surgery was properly performed; excessive electrocautery was not used.
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.
-- Coblation electrosurgery was associated with less postoperative pain and an easier recovery in pediatric patients compared with traditional electrocautery in two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.
Patients with fibroids who were randomized to rollerball ablation also underwent electrocautery loop resection of the fibroid, but the electrocautery was not used to remove the endometrium in general.
Unlike traditional electrocautery methods, it employs radiofrequency ablation to remove tissues.!3!
The biopsy site had significant bleeding that was controlled with electrocautery. Pathologic examination of the specimen revealed paraganglioma (figure 3).