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 for Cautery
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cautery \Cau"ter*y\, n.; pl. Cauteries. [L. cauterium, Gr. ?.
     See Cauter.]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The iron of other agent in cauterizing.
        [1913 Webster]
     Actual cautery, a substance or agent (as a hot iron) which
        cauterizes or sears by actual heat; or the burning so
     Potential cautery, a substance which cauterizes by chemical
        action; as, lunar caustic; also, the cauterizing produced
        by such substance.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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: cautery, cauterant]
      2: the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot
         iron or caustic agent or by freezing [syn: cautery,
         cauterization, cauterisation]

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