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.
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 caut&emacron;rizare, to cauterize, brand, from Latin caut&emacron;rium, 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”).