- 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 cauterize
He can take nothing away, but only cauterize and neutralize, he says, so why not let him try?Death of a Spaceman
Walter M. Miller
I had no caustic with me, so I determined to cauterize it with boiling grease.Sport in Abyssinia
Besides this, they also bleed the patient and cauterize the wound.
Well, I offered to cauterize it with the poker in the office stove.Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress
George Bernard Shaw
Take care, he says, not to cauterize the nerves in the neighborhood, for this will add a new ailment to the patient's affection.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
- (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 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.