cauterize [ kaw-t uh-rahyz ] SHOW IPA / ˈkɔ təˌraɪz / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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especially British, cau·ter·ise . Origin of cauterize
1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin
to brand, equivalent to
branding iron, equivalent to
variant stem of
to burn (cf.
agent suffix) +
-izāre -ize OTHER WORDS FROM cauterize cau·ter·i·za·tion, noun un·cau·ter·ized, adjective Words nearby cauterize caustic lime
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Example sentences from the Web for cauterize
Before deciding to
cauterize, it is necessary to ascertain the extent of area affected.
In this dangerous Indian climate, where everything grows putrid, they are frequently constrained to
cauterize the sores. verb (tr) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent Derived forms of cauterize cauterization 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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v. To burn or sear with a cautery. Other words from cauterize cau′ter•i•za ( ′tion -tər-ĭ-zā) ′shən n.
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To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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