cauterize


cauterize
cauterize (v.) c.1400, from O.Fr. cauteriser, from L.L. cauterizare "to burn or brand with a hot iron," from Gk. kauteriazein, from kauter "burning or branding iron," from kaiein "to burn" (see CAUSTIC (Cf. caustic)). Related: Cauterized; cauterizing; cauterization.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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