- simple past tense and past participle of cauterize
Variant of cauterize
transitive verbcauterized, cauterizing
to burn with a hot needle, a laser, a caustic substance, or an electric current, so as to destroy dead or unwanted tissue, prevent the spread of infection, seal blood vessels, etc.
Origin of cauterizeMiddle English cauterizen ; from Late Latin cauterizare ; from Classical Greek kautēriazein ; from kautērion, kautēr, burning or branding iron ; from kaiein, to burn