from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To burn or sear with a cautery.
- transitive v. To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To burn, sear, or freeze tissue using a hot iron, electric current or a caustic agent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic.
- transitive v. To sear, as the conscience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To burn or sear with fire or a hot iron, or with caustics, as morbid flesh.
- To sear, in a figurative sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
- v. make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
Middle English cauterizen, from Late Latin cautērizāre, to cauterize, brand, from Latin cautērium, cautery; see cautery.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French cauteriser, from Late Latin cauterizare ("to burn with a hot iron"), from Ancient Greek καυτηριάζω (kautēriazō, "to brand"), from καυτήρ (kautēr, "branding iron"), from καίειν (kaiein, "to burn"). (Wiktionary)