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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’
burn, sear, singe, scorchdisinfect, sterilize, sanitize, clean, cleanse, decontaminateView synonyms
- ‘The man cauterized the wound, stopping the blood loss.’
- ‘Any bleeding is immediately cauterized with an arthroscopic electrocautery tip.’
- ‘Where did they find the instruments needed to cauterize wounds?’
- ‘The heat cauterizes the wound; there's little chance for infection’
- ‘All of her wounds had been cauterized by the flash burns, which kept her from bleeding to death.’
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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