A procedure in which tissue is frozen to destroy abnormal cells. This is usually done with a special instrument that contains liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide. Also called cryoablation.

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  • Cryosurgery — (cryotherapy) is the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue.[1] The term comes from the Greek words cryo (κρύο) ( icy cold ) and surgery (cheirourgiki χειρουργική) meaning hand work or handiwork . Cryosurgery has been… …   Wikipedia

  • cryosurgery — [krī′ō sʉr΄jər ē] n. [ CRYO + SURGERY] surgery involving the selective destruction of tissues by freezing them, as with liquid nitrogen: also cryogenic surgery cryosurgical adj …   English World dictionary

  • Cryosurgery — Treatment performed with an instrument that freezes and destroys abnormal tissue. * * * An operation using freezing temperature (achieved by liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide) as an independent agent or in an instrument to destroy tissue. * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • cryosurgery — n. the use of extreme cold in a localized part of the body to freeze and destroy unwanted tissues. Cryosurgery is usually undertaken with an instrument called a cryoprobe, which has a fine tip cooled by allowing carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • cryosurgery — cryosurgical, adj. /kruy oh serr jeuh ree/, n. the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue for therapeutic purposes. [1960 65; CRYO + SURGERY] * * *       therapeutic technique in which localized freezing is used to remove or destroy diseased… …   Universalium

  • cryosurgery — noun Date: 1962 surgery in which usually diseased or abnormal tissue (as of a tumor or wart) is destroyed or removed by freezing (as by liquid nitrogen) • cryosurgeon noun • cryosurgical adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cryosurgery — noun The use of a probe containing liquid nitrogen to freeze and thus destroy tissue. See Also: cryosurgeon, cryosurgical …   Wiktionary

  • cryosurgery — n. use of very low temperatures to destroy tissue …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cryosurgery — noun surgery using the local application of intense cold to destroy unwanted tissue …   English new terms dictionary

  • cryosurgery — cryo·surgery …   English syllables

  • cryosurgery — cry•o•sur•ger•y [[t]ˌkraɪ oʊˈsɜr dʒə ri[/t]] n. srg the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue for therapeutic purposes • Etymology: 1960–65 cry o•sur′gi•cal, adj …   From formal English to slang

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