cauterize

verb

cau·​ter·​ize ˈkȯ-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce cauterize (audio)
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 noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web As Hercules cut off the Hydra’s heads, Iolaus cauterized the stumps with a burning torch to prevent new growth, allowing the pair to defeat the monster. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2024 With the outreach to contributors drawing skepticism and even outrage, the White House tried to cauterize the wound with an announcement yesterday that the 81-year-old president will sit down for an extended interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on July 5. Dominic Patten, Deadline, 3 July 2024 If the tumor were excised with anything less than perfect precision, with every vessel meticulously cauterized, catastrophic bleeding into the brain could result. David Frum, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 Then Musgrove fanned All-Star Freddie Freeman, again cauterizing the bleeding. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024 To stop the bleeding, a doctor, who had no access to antiseptic or anesthesia, heated the blade of a kitchen knife and cauterized the wound. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 The aim has been to use the fat and the heat to cauterize and seal the wound. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Jan. 2024 We are left with wounds cauterized by gatekeepers as payment, blistering from the denial of our humanity. Jessica Hoppe, refinery29.com, 26 Sep. 2023 At a minimum, revising the 2001 AUMF would help cauterize the existing, seemingly open-ended scope of the law by foreclosing any claims of ancillary authority. Brian Finucane, Foreign Affairs, 11 Jan. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

see cautery

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cauterize was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near cauterize

Cite this Entry

“Cauterize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cauterize. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cauterize

verb
cau·​ter·​ize ˈkȯt-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce cauterize (audio)
cauterized; cauterizing
: to burn with a hot iron or a chemical substance usually to destroy infected tissue
cauterize a wound
cauterization noun

Medical Definition

cauterize

transitive verb
cau·​ter·​ize
variants or British cauterise
cauterized or British cauterised; cauterizing or British cauterising
: to sear with a cautery or caustic
cauterization noun
or British cauterisation

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