cautery

play
noun cau·tery \ˈkȯ-tə-rē\

Definition of cautery

plural

cauteries

  1. 1 :  the act or effect of cauterizing :  cauterization

  2. 2 :  an agent (as a hot iron or caustic) used to burn, sear, or destroy tissue

Origin and Etymology of cautery

Latin cauterium, from Greek kautērion branding iron, from kaiein


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

cautery

play
noun cau·tery \ˈkȯt-ə-rē\

Medical Definition of cautery

plural

cauteries

  1. 1:  the act or effect of cauterizing :  cauterization

  2. 2:  a substance or medical device used to burn, sear, or destroy tissue


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cautery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an alert or lookout

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ