cauterize

[kaw-tuh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), cauterized, cauterizing.
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; 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

cauterization, noun
uncauterized, adjective
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cauterize or cauterise (ˈkɔːtəˌraɪz)
 
vb
(tr) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
 
[C14: from Old French cauteriser, from Late Latin cautērizāre, from cautērium branding iron, from Greek kautērion, from kaiein to burn]
 
cauterise or cauterise
 
vb
 
[C14: from Old French cauteriser, from Late Latin cautērizāre, from cautērium branding iron, from Greek kautērion, from kaiein to burn]
 
cauteri'zation or cauterise
 
n
 
cauteri'sation or cauterise
 
n

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cauterize
1540s, from M.Fr. cauteriser, from L.L. cauterizare "to burn or brand with a hot iron," from Gk. kauteriazein, from kauter "burning or branding iron," from kaiein "to burn."
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Medical Dictionary

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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cauterize   (kô'tə-rīz')  Pronunciation Key 
To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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Example sentences
There was a rhythm to it: cut, cauterize and suture.
Diabetics have a slightly sweeter skin, which changes the microbial fauna and makes it harder for them to cauterize wounds.
In an effort to somehow cauterize the emotional damage of the dismissals, managers have introduced a euphemistic layoff-speak.
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