cauterize

[ kaw-tuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈkɔ təˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing.

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

  • But I hardly think this can be so, for it is extremely doubtful if a bullet ever gets hot enough to cauterise flesh.

  • The young woman understood this, and she endeavoured to cauterise the bad place with the fire of her caresses.

    Therese Raquin|Emile Zola
  • To cauterise the track and so prevent bleeding, the needles should be slowly withdrawn while the current is flowing.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
  • Does not the surgeon also cauterise and cut us for our good?

    Anabasis|Xenophon

British Dictionary definitions for cauterise

cauterize

cauterise

/ (ˈkɔːtəˌraɪz) /

verb

(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cauterise

cauterize

[ kôtə-rīz′ ]

v.

To burn or sear with a cautery.
Related formscau′ter•i•zation (-tər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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Science definitions for cauterise

cauterize

[ kôtə-rīz′ ]

To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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