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1540s, from Latin cauterium "branding iron," from Greek kauterion (see cauterize).
cautery cau·ter·y (kô'tə-rē)n.
An agent or instrument used to destroy tissue by burning, searing, cutting, or scarring, including caustic and electric currents, lasers.
The act or process of cauterizing.