cau·tery /ˈkɔtərɪ/ 名詞
Cau·ter·y n.; pl. Cauteries
1. Med. 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.
2. The iron of other agent in cauterizing.
Actual cautery, a substance or agent (as a hot iron) which cauterizes or sears by actual heat; or the burning so effected.
Potential cautery, a substance which cauterizes by chemical action; as, lunar caustic; also, the cauterizing produced by such substance.
n 1: 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 [syn: cauterant]
2: the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a
hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing [syn: cauterization,