cryosurgery

(KRY-oh-SER-juh-ree)

A procedure in which an extremely cold liquid or an instrument called a cryoprobe is used to freeze and destroy abnormal tissue. A cryoprobe is cooled with substances such as liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide, or compressed argon gas. Cryosurgery may be used to treat certain types of cancer and some conditions that may become cancer. Also called cryoablation and cryotherapy.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "cryosurgery"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "criocirugía"

Cryosurgery; drawing shows an instrument with a nozzle held over an abnormal area on the lower arm of a patient. Inset shows a spray of liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide coming from the nozzle and covering the abnormal lesion. Freezing destroys the lesion.Cryosurgery; drawing shows an instrument with a nozzle held over an abnormal area on the lower arm of a patient. Inset shows a spray of liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide coming from the nozzle and covering the abnormal lesion. Freezing destroys the lesion.

Procedimiento para el que se usa un líquido extremadamente frío o un instrumento que se llama criosonda para congelar y destruir el tejido anormal. La criosonda se enfría con sustancias como nitrógeno líquido, óxido nitroso líquido o gas argón comprimido. La criocirugía se puede usar para el tratamiento de ciertos tipos de cáncer y ciertas afecciones que se pueden convertir en cáncer. También se llama crioablación y crioterapia.

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