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Cauterization was the burning of a part of the body to remove or close off a part of it. Due to the intense heat generated by the blade, lightsaber strikes almost always flash-cauterized wounds, sealing instantly on impact.

However this is not always the case, as seen in A New Hope. When Ben uses his lightsaber to sever Ponda Baba's arm during a cantina fight in Mos Eisley, blood can be seen coming from the severed appendage.

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