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From French cautère, Latin cauterium, from Ancient Greek καυτήρ (kautḗr), variant of καυστήρ (kaustḗr, cauterizing apparatus), from καίω (kaíō, burn)). Compare caustic, cautery.


cauter (plural cauters)

  1. A hot iron for searing or cauterizing.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cauter in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)