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Use of a device or chemical agent to coagulate or destroy tissue.



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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Vocalist Luke Broadbent, drummer Jim O'Keefe and guitarist brother Tom O'Keefe, violinist Gavin Wilson, guitarist Ryan Wilkinson and bass player Ryan Wilby were approached by game makers THQ after Cauterise received extensive airplay on Chicago radio station WKQX - the third largest alternative radio station in the USA.
To be honest I'm glad I was at drama school and they sent me to a specialist because if my GP had tried to cauterise it I might have bled to death on the spot.
Director Edward Zwick suffered similar problems with The Last Samurai and, while this is a far better film, the decision to cauterise the ending so cleanly is a genuine shame.
Their track Cauterise was recently selected for airplay by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and has been placed on www.
When he ran out of hot oil, which was commonly used to cauterise wounds,he used whatever he could get his hands on,making poultices of rose oils and egg yolk to heal wounds.
The mainstream political parties clearly have a responsibility to act, strongly and quickly, to deal with the individuals who have let down the people who elected them, to seek to cauterise this dreadful period in political history.
The scene in which Gideon gouges the bullet from his arm with a hunting knife, then heats the blade to cauterise the bleeding hole, should finish off anyone with a weak stomach.
Artery - the study of paintings; bacteria - back door of a cafeteria; barium - what doctors do when patients die; bowel - a letter like A, E, I, O or U; cat scan - searching for kitty; cauterise - made eye-contact with her; coma - a punctuation mark; dilate - to live longer; enema - not a friend; fester - quicker; fibula - a small lie; hangnail - coat hook.
They cauterise grudges better than any management mantras.