cauterize

[kaw-tuh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing.
  1. to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, especially for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
Also especially British, cau·ter·ise.

Origin of cauterize

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 formscau·ter·i·za·tion, nounun·cau·ter·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cauterise

Historical Examples of cauterise

  • Does not the surgeon also cauterise and cut us for our good?

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • 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  • To cauterise the track and so prevent bleeding, the needles should be slowly withdrawn while the current is flowing.

    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

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for cauterise

cauterize

cauterise

verb
  1. (tr) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
Derived Formscauterization or cauterisation, noun

Word Origin for cauterize

C14: from Old French cauteriser, from Late Latin cautērizāre, from cautērium branding iron, from Greek kautērion, from kaiein to burn
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Word Origin and History for cauterise

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.

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cauterise in Medicine

cauterize

[kôtə-rīz′]
v.
  1. To burn or sear with a cautery.
Related formscau′ter•i•zation (-tər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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cauterise in Science

cauterize

[kôtə-rīz′]
  1. To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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