follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un-cauterized

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un-cauterized

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
un-cauterized 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
un-cauterized in Science
cauterize
  (kô'tə-rīz')   
To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cauterize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with un-cauterized

Nearby words for un-cauterized