photocoagulation

photocoagulative /foh'toh koh ag"yeuh lay'tiv, -leuh tiv/, adj.
/foh'toh koh ag'yeuh lay"sheuhn/, n.
a surgical technique using an intense beam of light from a laser or a xenon-arc bulb to seal blood vessels or coagulate tissue, used primarily in ophthalmology to repair detached retinas or to treat certain kinds of retinopathy.
[1960-65; PHOTO- + COAGULATION]

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