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

Example Sentences

The doctors cauterized the wound. time had cauterized his bitterness, and he was willing to let bygones be bygones
Recent Examples on the Web Emergency surgery was done to cauterize his tongue. The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2022 Davis is currently at the team’s complex in Mesa, Ariz., building up after undergoing back surgery June 2 to cauterize a vascular malformation. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 Hauser hit a momentum-shifting 3-pointer, and A.J. Hoggard followed with a driving layup in transition to cauterize the Spartans’ bleeding. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2022 Nothing kick-starts donations like Christ’s wounds manifest, but it’s an inconceivably painful ruse to maintain (and eventually, sickeningly, to cauterize). Elle Carroll, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Take damage, light a cigar and use it to cauterize the wound. Erik Kain, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 To cauterize the bleeding, the Chinese government is likely to force a restructuring. Anne Stevenson-yang, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Leaders must immediately cauterize the wound, cutting products and people. Kash Shaikh, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Lovullo said McKay underwent a procedure to cauterize the spleen but is now resting comfortably. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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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