cauterize

verb
cau·​ter·​ize | \ˈkȯ-tə-ˌrīz \
cauterized; cauterizing

Definition of cauterize 

transitive verb

1 : to sear with a cautery or caustic cauterize a wound

2 : to make insensible : deaden They will do anything to stay in office; their consciences have been cauterized.

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Other Words from cauterize

cauterization \ˌkȯ-​tə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cauterize

Synonyms

benumb, blunt, damp, dampen, deaden, dull, numb

Antonyms

sharpen, whet

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Examples of cauterize in a Sentence

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

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Even after multiple rounds of tumor-removal surgery using a cauterizing carbon dioxide laser, persistent tumor regrowth is a recurring problem in infected sea turtles. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018 My thoughts on the matter are: A) Ghost Nation is secretly the good guys, and B) Lee Sizemore will make up for betraying Maeve by cauterizing all her wounds. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Westworld Just Debuted It's Most Confusing and Mind-Blowing Episode Yet," 4 June 2018 In response, vaccine teams scrambled to the affected states to administer 2.4 million vaccine doses, hoping to cauterize the epidemiological wound before any cases of actual paralysis could turn up. Time, "How Nigeria's Start-Stop Immunization Battle Is Winning the War to Eradicate Polio in Africa," 5 May 2018 Members of the group have identified Roberts as the physician who branded them in the pubic area with a cauterizing iron to form a scar spelling K-R-A-M — Raniere's and Mack's initials. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Doctor accused of branding women in sex cult worked at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital," 30 Apr. 2018 The women, who were allegedly forced to give up collateral in the form of nude photographs and family secrets to join the group, were branded by a cauterizing pen with a logo containing Raniere's initials, according to prosecutors. Jon Campbell, USA TODAY, "Allison Mack of 'Smallville' gets $5M bail, home confinement in sex-cult case," 24 Apr. 2018 Her eye injuries were cauterized to seal them, and she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Mike Ellis, USA TODAY, "In her words: Kaylee Muthart explains what made her pull out her eyes," 12 Mar. 2018 The doctors drained out the amniotic fluid and pumped in carbon dioxide to keep the uterus expanded, giving them room to work and allowing them to see better and cauterize when needed. Denise Grady, New York Times, "To Mend a Birth Defect, Surgeons Operate on the Patient Within the Patient," 23 Oct. 2017 In one gruesome case, surgeons cauterizing a man’s colon ended up igniting a pocket of gas, blowing a six-inch hole in his abdomen. Sam Kean, Slate Magazine, "Lessons on Flatulence From a Fart Artist," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of cauterize

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cauterize

see cautery

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Dictionary Entries near cauterize

Causus

cautel

cautelous

cauterize

cautery

cautio

caution

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cauterize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cauterize

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

cauterize

transitive verb
cau·​ter·​ize
variants: or British cauterise \ˈkȯt-​ə-​ˌrīz \
cauterized or British cauterised; cauterizing or British cauterising

Medical Definition of cauterize 

: to sear with a cautery or caustic

Other Words from cauterize

cauterization or British cauterisation \ˌkȯt-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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