1. an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it

Similar word(s): cauterant

Definition categories: man–made, instrument

2. the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing

Similar word(s): cauterisation, cauterization

Definition categories: act, operation, surgery