• WordNet 3.6
    • v cauterize make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
    • v cauterize 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cauterize To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic.
    • Cauterize To sear, as the conscience.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cauterize To burn or sear with fire or a hot iron, or with caustics, as morbid flesh.
    • cauterize To sear, in a figurative sense.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cauterizare, Gr. , fr. a branding iron: cf. F. cautérised,.. See cauter


In literature:

We know how to cauterize a wound, but we know of no treatment as yet for the stab of a phrase.
"The Magic Skin" by Honore de Balzac
So he advocated ceasing the practice of cauterizing wounds.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
With the bar of iron, at almost a white heat, he cauterized the wound.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Essex was the man who would cauterize the long-standing sores.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
Free incisions to the bottom of the wound and immediate cauterization; or, if this is not practicable, sucking of the wound.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 841, February 13, 1892" by Various
Before deciding to cauterize, it is necessary to ascertain the extent of area affected.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
He wants to cauterize his heart and nerve.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
Then the wound should be deeply cauterized, etc.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
After the wart is removed, cauterize the cut surface with a hot iron.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
He has cut out the flesh round the wound and cauterized it; and he will live, please God, with care and rest.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
Cauterization of the canal is part of the operation.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
No effort should be made to cauterize the wound.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
On the following day he was to go to the veterinary and have his flesh cauterized by a burning iron.
"Luna Benamor" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Then the wounds were cauterized, a task which was not relished by the boys.
"The Blind Lion of the Congo" by Elliott Whitney
Gunshot wounds were treated with slippery-elm bark, flax seed poultices or by scraping the wound itself and cauterizing it.
"Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia" by Carrie Hunter Willis
But the time has come to treat the wound by severe cauterization.
"The Jew" by Joseph Ignatius Kraszewski
Hurry to the nearest physician and bring him hither to cauterize the wound and burn out the poison.
"The International Monthly, Vol. II, No. I" by Various
The growth was then removed, as far as possible, with the scissors, and the surface cauterized with the Paquelin cautery.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 648, June 2, 1888." by Various
Cauterization should be resorted to if the point of infection is early known.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
Gerard coloured a little and told him the learned doctor was going to flebotomize him and cauterize him; that was all.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade

In news:

Judy Currier remembers waking up the morning after doctors spent hours cauterizing tissue inside her heart.
The Grammy-nominated act premiered the first song off the record, 'Cauterize' earlier today on SiriusXM's 'Liquid Metal' radio show, but don't worry, you will still be able to get your metalcore fix.
This is the most extreme category, but it only comprises 10% of cases of FGC.2 Type IV includes other alterations to the genitals that do not remove tissue, such as piercing, pricking, or cauterization.1.
Cauterization procedure leads to flash fire, dueling claims.
Abstract Epistaxis from the anterior septum is frequently treated with a topical application of silver nitrate , which cauterizes the bleeding vessel.
That caused an electrical cauterizing device to ignite.