cold cautery


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cautery

 [kaw´ter-e]
1. a caustic substance or hot or cold instrument used in cauterization.
chemical cautery chemocautery.
cold cautery cryocautery.
electric cautery electrocautery (def. 2).

cry·o·cau·ter·y

(krī'ō-kaw'ter-ē),
Any substance, such as liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide snow, or a low temperature instrument, the application of which causes destruction of tissue by freezing.
Synonym(s): cold cautery

cold cautery

cautery

1. the application of a caustic agent, a hot instrument, an electric current, or other agent to destroy tissue.
2. an agent so used.

cold cautery
cauterization by carbon dioxide, called also cryocautery.