- to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, especially for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
Origin of cauterize
Examples from the Web for cauterization
Should relief not follow its use, cauterization is to be tried.
Iron and fire were in the code: the law practised the cauterization of vagrancy.The Man Who Laughs
A thread from the stole of the ancient saint was said to have had the power to cure hydrophobia, if aided by cauterization.The Spell of Belgium
For fall of the uvula he suggests gargles, but when these fail he advises resection and cauterization.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
As the gangrene extends, the cauterization is to be repeated twice daily or even more frequently.
- (tr) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
Word Origin and History for cauterization
c.1400, from Old French cauterisation (14c.) and directly from Late Latin cauterizationem (nominative cauterizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cauterizare (see cauterize).
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.
- To burn or sear with a cautery.
- To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.