What does cautery mean?

Definitions for cautery
ˈkɔ tə ricaute·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cautery, cauterantnoun

    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

  2. cautery, cauterization, cauterisationnoun

    the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing


  1. cauterynoun

    The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue.

  2. cauterynoun

    A device used for cutting or sealing body tissue.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAUTERYnoun

    Cautery is either actual or potential; the first is burning by a hot iron, and the latter with caustick medicines. The actual cautery is generally used to stop mortification, by burning the dead parts to the quick; or to stop the effusion of blood, by searing up the vessels. John Quincy

    Etymology: ϰαίω, uro.

    In heat of fight it will be necessary to have your actual cautery always ready; for that will secure the bleeding arteries in a moment. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. cautery

    Cautery is a medical practice or technique of burning a part of a body to remove or close off a particular tissue. This is often used to destroy an abnormal growth, prevent infection and diseases, or minimize bleeding during surgery. The process can be done using a heated instrument, freezing, laser, or electrical current.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cauterynoun

    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. Cauterynoun

    the iron of other agent in cauterizing

  3. Etymology: [L. cauterium, Gr. . See Cauter.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cautery

    The application of a caustic substance, a hot instrument, an electric current, or other agent to control bleeding while removing or destroying tissue.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cautery in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cautery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  • cautère, cautérisationFrench

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