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Meaning of CAUTERY

Pronunciation:  'koturee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
  2. [n]  an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it

CAUTERY is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cauterant, cauterisation, cauterization
 See Also: cryocautery, cryocautery, instrument, operation, searing iron, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, thermocautery



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cau"ter*y\, n.; pl. {Cauteries}. [L. cauterium, Gr. ?.
See {Cauter}.]
1. (Med.) A burning or searing, as of morbid flesh, with a
   hot iron, or by application of a caustic that will burn,
   corrode, or destroy animal tissue.

2. The iron of other agent in cauterizing.

{Actual cautery}, a substance or agent (as a hot iron) which
   cauterizes or sears by actual heat; or the burning so

{Potential cautery}, a substance which cauterizes by chemical
   action; as, lunar caustic; also, the cauterizing produced
   by such substance.