noun (plural -teries) Etymology: Latin cauterium, from Greek kautērion branding iron, from kaiein Date: 14th century 1. the act or effect of cauterizing ; cauterization 2. an agent (as a hot iron or caustic) used to burn, sear, or destroy tissue

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  • Cautery — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cautery — 1540s, from L. cauterium branding iron, from Gk. kauterion (see CAUTERIZE (Cf. cauterize)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cautery — [kôt′ər ē] n. pl. cauteries [ME cauterie < L cauterium < Gr kautērion] 1. an instrument or substance for cauterizing 2. the act of cauterizing …   English World dictionary

  • cautery — /kaw teuh ree/, n., pl. cauteries. 1. an escharotic substance, electric current, or hot iron used to destroy tissue. 2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery. [1350 1400; ME < L cauterium < Gk kautérion, equiv. to kautér branding iron… …   Universalium

  • cautery — cau·ter·y || kɔːtÉ™rɪ n. instrument or substance used to cauterize abnormal tissue; cauterization, act of searing, process of destroying tissue with a cautery …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cautery — cau•ter•y [[t]ˈkɔ tə ri[/t]] n. pl. ter•ies 1) med any substance or instrument, as an electric current or hot iron, used to destroy tissue 2) med the process of destroying tissue with a cautery • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L cautērium < Gk… …   From formal English to slang

  • cautery — /ˈkɔtəri/ (say kawtuhree) noun (plural cauteries) 1. an escharotic substance or a hot iron used to destroy tissue. 2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery. {Latin cautērium, from Greek kautērion, diminutive of kautēr branding iron} …  

  • cautery — noun a) The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue. b) A device used for cutting or sealing body tissue …   Wiktionary

  • cautery — 1. An agent or device used for scarring, burning, or cutting the skin or other tissues by means of heat, cold, electric current, ultrasound, or caustic chemicals. 2. Use of a c.. [G. kauterion, a branding iron] actual c. a c., such as… …   Medical dictionary

  • cautery — [ kɔ:t(ə)ri] noun (plural cauteries) Medicine 1》 an instrument or caustic substance used for cauterizing. 2》 the action of cauterizing. Origin ME: via L. from Gk kautērion (see cauterize) …   English new terms dictionary

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