cauterize

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔtəɹaɪz/
    • (US) IPA(key): [ˈkʰɒɾəɹaɪz], [ˈkʰɑɾəɹaɪz], [ˈkʰɔɾəɹaɪz]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French cauteriser, from Late Latin cauterizāre (to burn with a hot iron), from Ancient Greek καυτηριάζω (kautēriázō, to brand), from καυτήρ (kautḗr, branding iron), from καίειν (kaíein, to burn).

Verb[edit]

cauterize (third-person singular simple present cauterizes, present participle cauterizing, simple past and past participle cauterized)

(chiefly US spelling)

  1. To burn, sear, or freeze tissue using a hot iron, electric current or a caustic agent.

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