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[L. cauterium, fr Gr. kautērion, branding iron]
1. A device used to destroy tissue by electricity, freezing, heat, laser, ultrasound energy, or corrosive chemicals. It is used in potentially infected wounds and to destroy excess granulation tissue. Thermocautery consists of a red-hot or white-hot object, usually a piece of wire or pointed metallic instrument, heated in a flame or with electricity (electrocautery, galvanocautery). 2. The act or effect of cauterizing, e.g., to produce hemostasis during surgery.
Venes, Donald, editor. "Cautery." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 23rd ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/755340/all/cautery.
Cautery. In: Venes D, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/755340/all/cautery. Accessed November 17, 2019.
Cautery. (2017). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/755340/all/cautery
Cautery [Internet]. In: Venes D, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 November 17]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/755340/all/cautery.
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