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verb cau·ter·ize \ˈk-tə-ˌrīz\

medical : to burn (something, such as a wound) with heat or a chemical substance in order to destroy infected tissue


Full Definition of CAUTERIZE

transitive verb
:  to sear with a cautery or caustic <cauterize a wound>
:  to make insensible :  deaden
cau·ter·i·za·tion \ˌk-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of CAUTERIZE

  1. The doctors cauterized the wound.
  2. <time had cauterized his bitterness, and he was willing to let bygones be bygones>

First Known Use of CAUTERIZE

14th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

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Medical Dictionary


transitive verb cau·ter·ize
cau·ter·ized or British cau·ter·isedcau·ter·iz·ing or British cau·ter·is·ing

Medical Definition of CAUTERIZE

:  to sear with a cautery or caustic
cau·ter·iza·tion or British cau·ter·isa·tion \ˌkt-ə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Variants of CAUTERIZE

cau·ter·ize or British cau·ter·ise \ˈkt-ə-ˌrīz\


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