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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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Examples from the web for cauterize
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for cauterize

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 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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cauterize 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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cauterize in Science
cauterize
  (kô'tə-rīz')   
To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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