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cauterization

[‚kȯd·ə·rə′zā·shən]
(medicine)
Use of a device or chemical agent to coagulate or destroy tissue.

Cauterization

 

a medical treatment utilizing thermal, chemical, electric, or radiation burns. Cauterization is used to destroy such conditions as small skin tumors, warts, excessive granulations, and tattoos. It can be performed by diathermal coagulation, galvanocautery, chemical substances, or laser radiation. In surgical practice it is used to separate tissue and to stop bleeding (electric scalpel, laser beam). In the treatment of some inflammatory diseases, cauterizing agents in the form of a mustard plaster or ultraviolet radiation (quartz) serve a revulsive and reflex-therapeutic function.

V. B. GEL’FAND

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Patent and Trademark Office describes: "A cauterizing system having a cauterizer tool for performing cauterization procedures, a cauterizer cord for carrying power to the cauterizer tool, a plug and a power cord for carrying power from the plug to the cauterizer cord, and a housing in which is mounted a mechanism for retracting and extending the cauterizer cord and the power cord.
The device is designed to be inserted down a patient's throat, and relieves the acid reflux by cauterizing the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach.
Some chapters deal with medical ideas, doctrine, and the arsenal of therapies--bleeding, purging, urine tasting, cutting for stone, puncturing the skull, cauterizing wounds--that comprised the early modern repertoire.
Most surgeons of the time practiced searing, disinfecting gunshot wounds with boiling oil and stopping bleeding by cauterizing arteries (without anesthetics, of course).
The company's patented product portfolio comprises cutting, dissecting, grasping, cauterizing and ligating instruments used in all laparoscopic surgical procedures.