Meaning of “cauterize” in the English Dictionary

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"cauterize" in British English

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cauterizeverb [ T ]

specialized UK usually cauterise uk /ˈkɔː.tər.aɪz/ us /ˈkɑː.t̬ɚ.aɪz/

Examples from literature

  • After the wart is removed, cauterize the cut surface with a hot iron. 
  • If one has reason to believe he has been bitten by a mad dog, the wound should be cauterized as above, and a physician should be summoned at once. 
  • She bit her cousin when a child, and the wound had to be cauterized. 
  • So he advocated ceasing the practice of cauterizing wounds. 
  • With the bar of iron, at almost a white heat, he cauterized the wound. 

(Definition of “cauterize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)