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electric scalpel

noun
variants: or electric knife

medical Definition of electric scalpel

:a needlelike surgical instrument using high-frequency oscillations in the form of a tiny electric arc at the point of cutting through or cutting away tissue and at the same time sterilizing the edges of the wound and sealing cut blood vessels
  • Garrido makes the initial chest incision, using an electric scalpel that singes the flesh as it cuts—much as Western heroes cauterized their bullet wounds with branding irons.
  • —Charles R. MorrisThe Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center2007
called also acusector, radio knife

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