"cautery" in the noun sense
1. cautery, cauterant
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
2. cautery, cauterization, cauterisation
the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
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