Actual cautery
Actual Ac"tu*al (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.] 1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Her walking and other actual performances. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to {potential}, {possible}, {virtual}, {speculative}, {conceivable}, {theoretical}, or {nominal}; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion. [1913 Webster]

3. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country. [1913 Webster]

{Actual cautery}. See under {Cautery}.

{Actual sin} (Theol.), that kind of sin which is done by ourselves in contradistinction to ``original sin.'' [1913 Webster]

Syn: Real; genuine; positive; certain. See {Real}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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

  • actual cautery — noun : an agent (as a hot iron, electrocautery, or moxa) used to destroy tissue by heat compare potential cautery …   Useful english dictionary

  • Actual — Ac tu*al (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.] 1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Her walking and other actual performances. Shak. [1913 Webster] Let your holy and pious intention… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Actual sin — Actual Ac tu*al (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.] 1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Her walking and other actual performances. Shak. [1913 Webster] Let your holy and pious… …   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

  • cautery — 1. An agent or device used for scarring, burning, or cutting the skin or other tissues by means of heat, cold, electric current, ultrasound, or caustic chemicals. 2. Use of a c.. [G. kauterion, a branding iron] actual c. a c., such as… …   Medical dictionary

  • 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 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

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