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destruction of tissue by application of extreme cold; silver nitrate and solid carbon dioxide are commonly used. Uses include treatment of certain malignant lesions of the skin and mucous membranes, early removal of malignant lesions of the uterine cervix, and treatment of tumors that cannot be handled with traditional surgical techniques.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
An operation using freezing temperature (achieved by liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide) as an independent agent or in an instrument to destroy tissue.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
The selective exposure of tissues to extreme cold, often by applying a probe containing liquid nitrogen, to bring about the destruction or elimination of abnormal cells.
cry′o·sur′geon (-jən) n.
cry′o·sur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
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cryosurgeryAmbulatory surgery A technique that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy malignancy–eg, CA of uterine cervix, prostate CA. Cf Cone biopsy, Radical prostatectomy Cardiology A technique used to modify AV node conduction in Pts with treatment-refractory AV node reentrant tachycardia See Cryotherapy.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An operation using freezing temperatures (achieved by liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide) to destroy tissue.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
cryosurgeryControlled tissue destruction by low temperatures, usually by means of cryoprobes by which cold can be applied with precision. The method is used in the treatment of PARKINSON'S DISEASE, cancer of the PROSTATE and other organs, RETINAL DETACHMENT and CATARACT removal.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
In prostatectomy, the use of a very low-temperature probe to freeze and thereby destroy prostatic tissue.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
An operation using freezing temperature (achieved by liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide) to destroy tissue.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012