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Use of a device or chemical agent to coagulate or destroy tissue.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.


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Following surgical cauterisation of the superficial temporal and occipital arteries bilaterally, the frequency of her seizures dropped to three per week.
(41.) As already noted, some early cures for spermatorrhoea--cauterisation of the urethra with silver nitrate or other caustic substances and castration--were hardly "innocuous"; in 1861 the Lancet reported the death of a young man as a result of the cauterisation procedure administered by Richard Dawson, author of An essay on spermatorrhoea and urinary deposits: see Lancet 1861 (2), 635-7.
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Cupping "Hijamah", and cauterisation are effective techniques for dealing with a variety of ailments, particularly back pain.
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The Turf Club has received veterinary advice that wind operations, which vary from minor procedures like cauterisation of the soft palate to more invasive surgery, do not always work and that improvement in a horse's performance cannot be directly linked to the procedure it has undergone.
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