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cauterize

Syllabification: cau·ter·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈkôdəˌrīz
 
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Definition of cauterize in English:

verb

[with object] Medicine
Burn the skin or flesh of (a wound) with a heated instrument or caustic substance, typically to stop bleeding or prevent the wound from becoming infected.
Example sentences
  • The man cauterized the wound, stopping the blood loss.
  • Where did they find the instruments needed to cauterize wounds?
  • Any bleeding is immediately cauterized with an arthroscopic electrocautery tip.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French cauteriser, from late Latin cauterizare, from Greek kautēriazein, from kautērion 'branding iron', from kaiein 'to burn'.

Derivatives

cauterization

1
Pronunciation: /ˌkôtərəˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Another option is electrosurgical cauterization of the diseased tissue, which can be performed to treat implants found during laparoscopy; however, the implants can recur after only one or two years.
  • On rare occasions, a nose bleed may require cauterization, which is done by the ENT surgeons.
  • These vibrations cut and coagulate tissue simultaneously at far lower temperatures than cauterisation, thus reducing lateral thermal tissue damage.

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