verb (used with object), cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing.
- caustic surface,
- caution money,
Origin of cauterize
Examples from the Web for cauterization
A poultice of tobacco leaves is a favorite remedy, and may be used to soothe the sore after cauterization.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
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
When this fails, recourse may be had to cauterization with the point of a heated iron or some other form of actual cautery.
Cauterization should be resorted to if the point of infection is early known.
This is of importance in order to prevent scalding of the surrounding tissues during the act of cauterization.
Word Origin for cauterize
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.