Cauterise



to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, especially for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
Historical Examples

verb
(transitive) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
v.

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.

cauterize cau·ter·ize (kô’tə-rīz’)
v. cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing, cau·ter·iz·es
To burn or sear with a cautery.
cau’ter·i·za’tion (-tər-ĭ-zā’shən) n.
cauterize
(kô’tə-rīz’)
To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.

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