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.’
    • ‘She had a laparotomy for resection of bilateral ovarian endometriomas, resection and fulguration of peritoneal implants, and presacral neurectomy.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2 literary 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.’
    light, brightness, gleam, glow, glint, glimmer, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, glitter, glisten, shimmer, flash, dazzle, beam, flare, glare, radiance, illumination, luminescence, luminosity, incandescence, phosphorescence, fluorescence



/ˌfo͝olɡ(y)əˈrāSH(ə)n/ /ˌfʊlɡ(j)əˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


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.