Definition of fulguration in English:



  • 1Medicine
    The destruction of small growths or areas of tissue using diathermy.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the urethra is of sufficient caliber and support, transurethral fulguration is recommended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had a laparotomy for resection of bilateral ovarian endometriomas, resection and fulguration of peritoneal implants, and presacral neurectomy.’
  • 2literary A flash like that of lightning.

    • ‘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 dates from the early 20th century.