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

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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, "Is Robotic Prostate Surgery Better Than Traditional Surgery?," 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, "He had 2 heart transplants. At 43, as a new dad, he needed a third," 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, "A tumor growing on her baby’s heart forced this pregnant mom to make a terrifying choice," 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, "Some people do better exercising at a low-intensity pace," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of electrocautery

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electrocautery was in 1860

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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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