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View in Spanish: Coagulación infrarroja

Infrared coagulation (IN-fruh-RED koh-A-gyuh-LAY-shun)
A technique in which abnormal tissue is exposed to a burst of infrared light (a type of radiation). This causes blood in veins in the tissue to coagulate (harden) and the abnormal tissue to shrink. It is being studied in the prevention of anal cancer in some patients with HIV.

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