Cauterize meaning

kôtə-rīz
The definition of cauterize is to burn or freeze the flesh around a wound, usually to close off or clean the wound.

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.

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To burn or sear with a cautery.
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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.
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To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
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To burn or sear with a cautery.
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To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
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To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.
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Origin of cauterize

  • 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

  • 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