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Pronunciation: kaw′ter-ē


  1. An agent or device used for scarring, burning, or cutting the skin or other tissues by means of heat, cold, electric current, ultrasound, or caustic chemicals.
  2. Use of a cautery.

[G. kautērion, a branding iron]

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