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Meaning of cautery

cau•ter•y

Pronunciation: (kô'tu-rē), [key]
— pl. -ter•ies.
  1. an escharotic substance, electric current, or hot iron used to destroy tissue.
  2. the process of destroying tissue with a cautery.
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