- 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 cauterise
Does not the surgeon also cauterise and cut us for our good?Anabasis
But I hardly think this can be so, for it is extremely doubtful if a bullet ever gets hot enough to cauterise flesh.With Methuen's Column on an Ambulance Train
Ernest N. Bennett
To cauterise the track and so prevent bleeding, the needles should be slowly withdrawn while the current is flowing.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The young woman understood this, and she endeavoured to cauterise the bad place with the fire of her caresses.Therese Raquin
- (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 cauterise
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.