Cautery

  • 1 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 8 cautery — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 cautery — n. 1. Application of hot iron. 2. Use of caustics …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 13 cautery — cau·tery …

    English syllables

  • 14 cautery —   n. medical instrument used for searing wounds, etc.; use of such instrument    ♦ cauterant, a.;    ♦ cauterize, v.t …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 15 cautery — n. (pl. ies) Med. 1 an instrument or caustic for cauterizing. 2 the operation of cauterizing. Etymology: L cauterium f. Gk kauterion: see CAUTERIZE …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 cautery knife — a knife connected with an electric battery, so that the tissues may be seared while being cut, in order to prevent bleeding …

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 Actual cautery — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 18 Potential cautery — 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.… …

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  • 19 potential cautery — n an agent (as a caustic or escharotic) used to destroy tissue by chemical action compare ACTUAL CAUTERY * * * virtual cautery cauterization by an escharotic without applying heat …

    Medical dictionary

  • 20 Actual cautery — Actual Ac tu*al (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.] 1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Her walking and other actual performances. Shak. [1913 Webster] Let your holy and pious… …

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