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 .
- cau·ter·i·za·tion, noun
- un·cau·ter·ized, adjective
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How to use cauterize in a sentence
Surgeons had to open his belly to repair his intestines and cauterize the ruptured blood vessels, leaving him with a scar that runs, like a median line, down the center of his abdomen.This chemist is reimagining the discovery of materials using AI and automation | Simon Lewsen | October 27, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
It was rubber, Billy explained, so the heat of the bullet passing through would cauterize the hole and seal it up.
Destroy the remnants of Government and cauterize the wound so that it will never re-infect again.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
A few surgeons still cauterize the apex of the cone until a perforation is produced.
Then, producing the proper instruments from the wonderful case, he proceeded to cauterize the wound.The Carter Girls | Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for cauterize
(tr) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
- cauterization or cauterisation, noun
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Scientific definitions for cauterize
To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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