Burns commonly occur by direct or indirect contact with heat, electric current, radiation, or chemical agents. Burns can lead to cell death....
Electrocauterization is the process of heating tissue with electricity.
An escharotic is a substance (such as acids, alkalis, carbon dioxide, or metallic salts) that causes the tissue to die and fall off.
Dorland's Online Medical Dictionary. Available at: www.dorlands.com/def.jsp?id=100036901. Accessed May 15, 2015.
Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary. Available at: www.stedmansonline.com/content.aspx?id=mlrE1900000183&termtype=t. Accessed May 15, 2015.
Review Date: 4/21/2015
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.