noun, plural cauteries.
an escharotic substance, electric current, or hot iron used to destroy tissue.
the process of destroying tissue with a cautery.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cautērium < Greek kautḗrion, equivalent to kautḗr branding iron (see cauterize) + -ion diminutive suffix Unabridged
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cautery (ˈkɔːtərɪ)
n , pl -teries
1.  the coagulation of blood or destruction of body tissue by cauterizing
2.  Also called: cauterant an instrument or chemical agent for cauterizing
[C14: from Old French cautère, from Latin cautērium; see cauterize]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from L. cauterium "branding iron," from Gk. kauterion (see cauterize).
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cautery cau·ter·y (kô'tə-rē)

  1. An agent or instrument used to destroy tissue by burning, searing, cutting, or scarring, including caustic and electric currents, lasers.

  2. The act or process of cauterizing.

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cautery   (kô'tə-rē)  Pronunciation Key 
An agent or instrument used to destroy tissue, as in surgery, by burning, searing, cutting, or scarring, including caustic substances, electric currents, and lasers.
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Example sentences for cautery
Thermal cautery is not used on acrylic nails because they are flammable.
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