from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An agent or instrument used to destroy abnormal tissue by burning, searing, or scarring, including caustic substances, electric currents, lasers, and very hot or very cold instruments.
- n. The act or process of cauterizing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of using either extreme heat or extreme cold to either cut or seal body tissue.
- n. A device used for cutting or sealing body tissue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A burning or searing, as of morbid flesh, with a hot iron, or by application of a caustic that will burn, corrode, or destroy animal tissue.
- n. The iron of other agent in cauterizing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A burning or searing, as of morbid flesh, by a hot iron or by caustic substances that burn, corrode, or destroy the solid parts of an animal body.
- n. The instrument or drug employed in cauterizing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it
- n. the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
Middle English cauterie, from Latin cautērium, branding iron, cautery, from Greek kautērion, from kaiein, kau-, to burn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)