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cautery


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cautery  \Cau"ter*y\,  n.;  pl  {Cauteries}.  [L.  cauterium,  Gr  ?. 
  See  {Cauter}.] 
  1.  (Med.)  A  burning  or  searing,  as  of  morbid  flesh,  with  a 
  hot  iron,  or  by  application  of  a  caustic  that  will  burn, 
  corrode,  or  destroy  animal  tissue. 
 
  2.  The  iron  of  other  agent  in  cauterizing. 
 
  {Actual  cautery},  a  substance  or  agent  (as  a  hot  iron)  which 
  cauterizes  or  sears  by  actual  heat;  or  the  burning  so 
  effected. 
 
  {Potential  cautery},  a  substance  which  cauterizes  by  chemical 
  action  as  lunar  caustic;  also  the  cauterizing  produced 
  by  such  substance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cautery 
  n  1:  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 
  2:  the  act  of  coagulating  blood  and  destroying  tissue  with  a 
  hot  iron  or  caustic  agent  or  by  freezing  [syn:  {cauterization}, 
  {cauterisation}] 




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