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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Criocirugía

Cryosurgery (KRY-oh-SER-juh-ree)
A procedure in which tissue is frozen to destroy abnormal cells. This is usually done with a special instrument that contains liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide. Also called cryoablation and cryosurgical ablation.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.