Definition of cauterize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

cauterize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈkɔt̮əˌraɪz//
 
cauterize something(medical)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cauterize
 
he / she / it cauterizes
 
past simple cauterized
 
-ing form cauterizing
 
 
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to burn a wound, using a chemical or heat, in order to stop the loss of blood or to prevent infection
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