argon beam coagulator
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a surgical device that utilizes electrical current or light to stop bleeding.
argon beam coagulator (ABC) a device consisting of an electrode recessed inside a probe through which argon gas is passed; the energy from the electrode is carried by the jet of argon, which is directed at bleeding tissue to effect hemostasis.
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argon beam coagulator, argon plasma coagulator
A surgical instrument that uses radiofrequency current in an adjustable jet of argon gas to distribute heat that cuts or coagulates tissue. The jet disperses blood and debris from the targeted tissue. It is often employed during endoscopic procedures.
CAUTION!The patient must be grounded when using this electrosurgical device.
See also: coagulator
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