Definition of cauterize in English:

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cauterize

Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːtərʌɪz/
(also cauterise)

verb

[with object]
Burn the skin or flesh of (a wound) with a heated instrument or caustic substance in order to stop bleeding or to prevent infection: I’ll freeze the hand and cauterize the wound
More 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.
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cauterization

Pronunciation: /kɔːtərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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.

Origin

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

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Line breaks: cau¦ter|ize

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