verb (used with object), cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing.
- to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, especially for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
- (tr) (esp in the treatment of a wound) to burn or sear (body tissue) with a hot iron or caustic agent
c.1400, from Old French cauterisation (14c.) and directly from Late Latin cauterizationem (nominative cauterizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cauterizare (see cauterize).
c.1400, from Old French cauterisier, from Late Latin cauterizare “to burn or brand with a hot iron,” from Greek kauteriazein, from kauter “burning or branding iron,” from kaiein “to burn” (see caustic). Related: Cauterized; cauterizing.
- To burn or sear with a cautery.
- To burn or sear with a cautery, as in surgical procedures.