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