verb (used with object), cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing.
- caustic surface,
- caution money,
Origin of cauterize
Examples from the Web for cauterize
Destroy the remnants of Government and cauterize the wound so that it will never re-infect again.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
Gerard coloured a little and told him the learned doctor was going to flebotomize him and cauterize him; that was all.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
When I do cauterize, I prefer a mixture of equal parts of carbolic acid and glycerine or the undiluted acid.
Well, I offered to cauterize it with the poker in the office stove.Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress|George Bernard Shaw
In this dangerous Indian climate, where everything grows putrid, they are frequently constrained to cauterize the sores.The Bird|Jules Michelet
Word Origin 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.