Definition of cauterize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cauterize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːtəraɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cauterize
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːtəraɪz//
 
he / she / it cauterizes
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzɪz//
 
past simple cauterized
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzd//
 
past participle cauterized
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzd//
 
-ing form cauterizing
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːtəraɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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cauterize something (medical) to burn a wound, using a chemical or heat, in order to stop the loss of blood or to prevent infection The wound needs to be cauterized. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French cauteriser, from late Latin cauterizare, from Greek kautēriazein, from kautērion ‘branding iron’, from kaien ‘to burn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cauterize