The young woman understood this, and she endeavoured to cauterise the bad place with the fire of her caresses.
Does not the surgeon also cauterise and cut us for our good?
But I hardly think this can be so, for it is extremely doubtful if a bullet ever gets hot enough to cauterise flesh.
To cauterise the track and so prevent bleeding, the needles should be slowly withdrawn while the current is flowing.
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.
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.