cauterize

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verb cau·ter·ize \ ˈkȯ-tə-ˌrīz \

Definition of cauterize

cauterized; cauterizing
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.

cauterization

play \ˌkȯ-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of cauterize in a Sentence

  1. The doctors cauterized the wound.

  2. time had cauterized his bitterness, and he was willing to let bygones be bygones

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Origin and Etymology of cauterize


CAUTERIZE Defined for English Language Learners

cauterize

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verb

Definition of cauterize for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

cauterize

transitive verb cau·ter·ize
variants: or British cauterise play \ˈkȯt-ə-ˌrīz\

medical Definition of cauterize

cauterized or British cauterised; cauterizing or British cauterising
:to sear with a cautery or caustic

cauterization

or British cauterisation play \ˌkȯt-ə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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