Meaning of electrocautery


Pronunciation: (i-lek"trō-kô'tu-rē), [key]
— pl. -ter•ies.
  1. a hand-held, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
  2. the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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