Cauterize Definition

kôtə-rīz
cauterized, cauterizes, cauterizing
verb
cauterized, cauterizes, cauterizing
To burn with a hot needle, a laser, a caustic substance, or an electric current, so as to remove dead or unwanted tissue, prevent the spread of infection, seal blood vessels, etc.
Webster's New World
To burn or sear with a cautery.
American Heritage
To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
American Heritage
To burn or sear with a cautery.
American Heritage Medicine
To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
American Heritage Medicine
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Origin of Cauterize

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English cauterizen from Late Latin cautērizāre to cauterize, brand from Latin cautērium cautery cautery

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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