cautery

noun
cau·tery | \ˈkȯ-tə-rē \
plural cauteries

Definition of cautery 

1 : the act or effect of cauterizing : cauterization

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

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And a resident started a fire in a Nebraska Medicine operating room by accidentally bringing a cautery too close to a flammable liquid medical adhesive. Max Blau, STAT, "The next generation of doctors may be learning bad habits at teaching hospitals with many safety violations," 20 Apr. 2018 That type of treatment comes in two forms: Electrocautery, which uses heat from a metal probe, and laser cautery. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "Here's What to Do if You Get Genital Warts," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cautery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cautery

Latin cauterium, from Greek kautērion branding iron, from kaiein

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cautery

noun
cau·tery | \ˈkȯt-ə-rē \
plural cauteries

Medical Definition of cautery 

1 : the act or effect of cauterizing : cauterization

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

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