actual cautery

noun
ac·​tu·​al cautery | \ ˈak-ch(ə-w)əl-, ˈaksh-wəl- How to pronounce actual cautery (audio) \

Medical Definition of actual cautery

: an agent (as a hot iron, electrocautery, or moxa) used to destroy tissue by heat

called also thermocautery

— compare potential cautery

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“Actual cautery.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/actual%20cautery. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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