electrocautery

noun elec·tro·cau·tery \ i-ˌlek-trō-ˈkȯ-tə-rē \
Updated on: 4 May 2018

Definition of electrocautery

: cauterization of tissue by means of an instrument heated by an electric current

Recent Examples of electrocautery from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'electrocautery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of electrocautery

1860

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

electrocautery

noun elec·tro·cau·tery \ -ˈkȯt-ə-rē \

medical Definition of electrocautery

plural electrocauteries
1 : a cautery operated by an electric current
2 : the cauterization of tissue by means of an electrocautery

Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a quick and clever reply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!