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cauterize

[kaw-tuh-rahyz] /ˈkɔ təˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), cauterized, cauterizing.
1.
to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, especially for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
Also, especially British, cauterise.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin cautērizāre to brand, equivalent to cautēr- (< Greek kautḗr branding iron, equivalent to kau-, variant stem of kaíein to burn (cf. caustic), + -tēr agent suffix) + -izāre -ize
Related forms
cauterization, noun
uncauterized, adjective
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  • Bleeding will be controlled with packing material, which will absorb blood, and with cauterization.
British Dictionary definitions for cauterization

cauterize

/ˈkɔːtəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
Derived Forms
cauterization, cauterisation, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cauteriser, from Late Latin cautērizāre, from cautērium branding iron, from Greek kautērion, from kaiein to burn
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Word Origin and History for cauterization
n.

c.1400, from Old French cauterisation (14c.) and directly from Late Latin cauterizationem (nominative cauterizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cauterizare (see cauterize).

cauterize

v.

c.1400, from Old French cauterisier, from Late Latin cauterizare "to burn or brand with a hot iron," from Greek kauteriazein, from kauter "burning or branding iron," from kaiein "to burn" (see caustic). Related: Cauterized; cauterizing.

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cauterization in Medicine

cauterize cau·ter·ize (kô'tə-rīz')
v. cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing, cau·ter·iz·es
To burn or sear with a cautery.


cau'ter·i·za'tion (-tər-ĭ-zā'shən) n.
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cauterization in Science
cauterize
  (kô'tə-rīz')   
To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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