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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
cryocautery/cryo·cau·tery/ (-kaw´ter-e) [cryo- +cautery ] cauterization by freezing, using a substance such as carbon dioxide snow, or a very cold instrument.
Etymology: Gk, kryos + kauterion, branding iron
the application of any substance, such as solid carbon dioxide, that destroys tissue by freezing. Also called cold cautery.
cryocauteryThe destruction of tissue by applying extreme cold–eg, with liquid nitrogen
Any substance, such as liquid air or carbon dioxide snow, or a low temperature instrument, the application of which causes destruction of tissue by freezing.
see cold cautery.