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mass noun The destruction of small growths or areas of tissue using diathermy.
- ‘She had a laparotomy for resection of bilateral ovarian endometriomas, resection and fulguration of peritoneal implants, and presacral neurectomy.’
- ‘Direct current fulguration can still be considered in cases when radiofrequency ablation fails, though it requires higher expertise, general anesthesia and carries a higher morbidity.’
- ‘If the urethra is of sufficient caliber and support, transurethral fulguration is recommended.’
- ‘The method used to surgically eradicate the tumor is classified as an optional policy, with electrocautery resection, fulguration or laser ablation cited as optional methods.’
- ‘These lesions were better treated by attempting fulguration with the coagulation probe.’
2literary A flash like that of lightning.
light, brightness, gleam, glow, glint, glimmer, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, glitter, glisten, shimmer, flash, dazzle, beam, flare, glare, radiance, illumination, luminescence, luminosity, incandescence, phosphorescence, fluorescenceView synonyms
- ‘Then the darkness or bloudy colour of the Sun and Moon; The shaking of the Powers of Heaven, the fulgurations of the Air and the falling of Stars.’
Mid 17th century (usually plural in the sense ‘flashes of lightning’): from Latin fulguratio(n-) ‘sheet lightning’, from fulgur ‘lightning’. fulguration (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century.
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