The definition of cauterize is to burn or freeze the flesh around a wound, usually to close off or clean the wound.(verb)
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.
See cauterize in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME cauterizen < LL cauterizare < Gr kautēriazein < kautērion, kautēr, burning or branding iron < kaiein, to burn
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transitive verb cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing, cau·ter·iz·es
Origin: Middle English cauterizen
Origin: , from Late Latin cautērizāre, to cauterize, brand
Origin: , from Latin cautērium, cautery; see cautery.
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