When the doctor burns the flesh around a wound to force a scar to form and bleeding to stop, this is an example of when the doctor cauterizes the wound.
transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
Origin of cauterizeMiddle English cauterizen from Late Latin cauterizare from Classical Greek kaut?riazein from kaut?rion, kaut?r, burning or branding iron from kaiein, to burn
transitive verbcau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing, cau·ter·iz·es
- To burn or sear with a cautery.
- To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
Origin of cauterizeMiddle English cauterizen from Late Latin cautērizāre to cauterize, brand from Latin cautērium cautery ; see cautery .
(third-person singular simple present cauterizes, present participle cauterizing, simple past and past participle cauterized)
(chiefly US spelling)
From Middle French cauteriser, from Late Latin cauterizāre (“to burn with a hot iron”), from Ancient Greek καυτηριάζω (kautēriazō, “to brand”), from καυτήρ (kautēr, “branding iron”), from καίειν (kaiein, “to burn”).