Pronunciation: (i-lek"trō-kô'tu-rē), [key]
—pl. -ter•ies. Med.
1. a hand-held, needlelike cautery heated by an electric current.
2. Also,e•lec"tro•cau"ter•i•za'tion.the process of cutting and cauterizing skin simultaneously, or coagulating blood from vessels around a surgical incision, by means of an electrocautery.
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