• WordNet 3.6
    • v cauterise make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
    • v cauterise burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent "The surgeon cauterized the wart"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cauterise kaw′tėr-īz to burn with a caustic or a hot iron:
    • v.t Cauterise kaw′tėr-īz (fig.) to sear
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cautériser—Low L. cauterizāre—Gr. kautēr, a hot iron—kai-ein, to burn.


In literature:

No need at all for cauterising.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
Does not the surgeon also cauterise and cut us for our good?
"Anabasis" by Xenophon
You must go and be cauterised with a red-hot iron.
"The Mahatma and the Hare" by H. Rider Haggard
Snakebite they cure by sucking the wound and cauterising it with a firestick.
"The Euahlayi Tribe" by K. Langloh Parker
The doctors had vainly tried every remedy, iodine, blistering, and cauterising.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
The doctors had vainly tried every remedy, iodine, blistering, and cauterising.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Cauterisation is also used, as it is employed for wounds caused by native poisoned arrows.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
No need at all for cauterising.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
I have thoroughly cauterised the wounds, and granted that no complication sets in, he'll be on his feet again in a week or two.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
Hajji is cauterised for his sprain.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
He has been a kindly cauteriser of social sores; caustic, but rarely vindictive.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
Pa said he wanted to be cauterised, so he wouldn't go mad.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
Less radical measures, such as scraping with the sharp spoon, cauterising, or packing, are seldom successful.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
There was a fire in the room, and before proceeding further I cauterised that prick with the end of a red-hot poker.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
The wound was cauterised.
"On Snake-Poison: its Action and its Antidote" by A. Mueller
From a social standpoint, the ulcers which Ibsen cauterises are the ulcers which eat also into the life of England.
"The English Stage" by Augustin Filon
This he knew was to cauterise the awful wound after the ear had been severed.
"Harry Milvaine" by Gordon Stables
The wounds made by either of these had to be cauterised at once, else serious results would have followed.
"The Island of Gold" by Gordon Stables
It was the work of a few seconds, but the operation of cauterising the wound was accomplished.
"The Nameless Island" by Percy F. Westerman
The wound is too deep, we can do nothing to cauterise it.
"Woman and Artist" by Max O'Rell