from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In veterinary surgery, same as
line-firing, except that the operation is done by means of a pointed iron or thermocautery: an operation used chiefly in cases of bony enlargements where deep firing is necessary.
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In the first place, it is often used -- a blunt 'point-firing' iron being the instrument -- instead of the knife as a means of evacuating the contents of the coronary abscess.
When we have suspected this condition ourselves, it has been our practice to groove the hoof on either side of the toe, after the manner illustrated in Fig. 120, and, at the same time, point-firing the coronet and applying a smart cantharides blister.