electrocautery

noun
elec·​tro·​cau·​tery | \ i-ˌlek-trō-ˈkȯ-tə-rē How to pronounce electrocautery (audio) \

Definition of electrocautery

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

Examples of electrocautery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skin tags specifically can be removed in one of three ways: snipping it off with small surgical scissors, burning it (electrocautery), or freezing it (cryosurgery), according to Dr. Jaliman and the AOCD. Madison Yauger, Health.com, 10 June 2021 Precise implant pocket dissection is done using electrocautery to minimize bleeding and trauma. Dallas News, 23 Jan. 2020 Open prostatectomy also offers the advantages of tactile feedback; greater access to the surgical field; less need for electrocautery that burns tissues; and absence of concern about equipment failure or inadvertent tissue injury. WSJ, 24 June 2018 Toyoda went to work in the late afternoon, gingerly using forceps and an electrocautery tool to separate Collins’ old heart from the sticky scar tissue that surrounded it. Tom Avril, Philly.com, 13 June 2018 Lillegard and pediatric cardiovascular surgeon Francis Moga used tweezerlike electrocautery tools to remove the tumor, bit by bit. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2018 Lillegard and pediatric cardiovascular surgeon Francis Moga used tweezerlike electrocautery tools to remove the tumor, bit by bit. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, 29 Apr. 2018 Open prostatectomy also offers the advantages of tactile feedback; greater access to the surgical field; less need for electrocautery that burns tissues; and absence of concern about equipment failure or inadvertent tissue injury. WSJ, 24 June 2018 Toyoda went to work in the late afternoon, gingerly using forceps and an electrocautery tool to separate Collins’ old heart from the sticky scar tissue that surrounded it. Tom Avril, Philly.com, 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of electrocautery

1860, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Electrocautery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrocautery. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for electrocautery

electrocautery

noun
elec·​tro·​cau·​tery | \ -ˈkȯt-ə-rē How to pronounce electrocautery (audio) \
plural electrocauteries

Medical Definition of electrocautery

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

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