Potential cautery
Cautery Cau"ter*y, n.; pl. {Cauteries}. [L. cauterium, Gr. ?. See {Cauter}.] 1. (Med.) 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The iron of other agent in cauterizing. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Potential cautery — Potential Po*ten tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] And hath in his effect a voice potential. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in possibility,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • potential cautery — n an agent (as a caustic or escharotic) used to destroy tissue by chemical action compare ACTUAL CAUTERY * * * virtual cautery cauterization by an escharotic without applying heat …   Medical dictionary

  • potential cautery — noun : an agent (as a caustic or escharotic) used to destroy tissue by chemical action compare actual cautery …   Useful english dictionary

  • Potential — Po*ten tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] And hath in his effect a voice potential. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in possibility, not in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potential energy — Potential Po*ten tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] And hath in his effect a voice potential. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in possibility,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potential mode — Potential Po*ten tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] And hath in his effect a voice potential. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in possibility,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potential mood — Potential Po*ten tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] And hath in his effect a voice potential. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in possibility,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cautery — Cau ter*y, n.; pl. {Cauteries}. [L. cauterium, Gr. ?. See {Cauter}.] 1. (Med.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Actual cautery — Cautery Cau ter*y, n.; pl. {Cauteries}. [L. cauterium, Gr. ?. See {Cauter}.] 1. (Med.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • actual cautery — ac·tu·al cautery ak ch(ə w)əl , aksh wəl n an agent (as a hot iron, electrocautery, or moxa) used to destroy tissue by heat called also thermocautery compare POTENTIAL CAUTERY * * * 1. an instrument that destroys tissue by burning rather than by… …   Medical dictionary

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