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Meaning of CAUTERIZE

Pronunciation:  'kotu`rIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
  2. [v]  burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; "The surgeon cauterized the wart"

CAUTERIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: burn, callous, cauterise
 See Also: care for, harden, indurate, inure, scorch, sear, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cau"ter*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cauterized}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Cauterizing}.] [L. cauterizare, Gr. ?, fr. a
branding iron: cf. F. caut['e]rised.. See {cauter}.]
1. To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic. --Dunglison.

2. To sear, as the conscience. --Jer. Taylor.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: To destroy tissue with heat, cold, or caustic substances, usually to seal off blood vessels or ducts.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: blaze, blister, brand, burn, burn in, burn off, cast, char, coal, crack, cupel, flame, found, oxidate, oxidize, parch, pyrolyze, scorch, sear, singe, solder, swinge, torrefy, vesicate, vulcanize, weld