Cau"ter*y (?), n.; pl. Cauteries (#). [L. cauterium, Gr. . See Cauter.]
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.
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.
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