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[ih-lek-troh-kaw-tuh-ree] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˈkɔ tə ri/
noun, plural electrocauteries. Medicine/Medical
a hand-held, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
Also, electrocauterization. the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.
Origin of electrocautery
1880-85; electro- + cautery Unabridged
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Examples from the web for electrocautery
  • Larger polyps may require removal with electrocautery.
  • electrocautery is a treatment that uses a probe or needle heated by an electric current to destroy abnormal tissue.
British Dictionary definitions for electrocautery


(vet science) the use of an electrically heated metal instrument for cautery
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electrocautery in Medicine

electrocautery e·lec·tro·cau·ter·y (ĭ-lěk'trō-kô'tə-rē)

  1. An instrument for directing a high-frequency current through a local area of tissue.

  2. A metal cauterizing instrument heated by electricity.

  3. The cauterization of tissue by means of one of these instruments.

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