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CAUTERIZE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does cauterize mean? 

CAUTERIZE (verb)
  The verb CAUTERIZE has 2 senses:

1. burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
2. make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals

  Familiarity information: CAUTERIZE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CAUTERIZE (verb)


Sense 1cauterize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

cauterise; cauterize; burn

Context example:

The surgeon cauterized the wart

Hypernyms (to "cauterize" is one way to...):

care for; treat (provide treatment for)

"Cauterize" entails doing...:

scorch; sear (make very hot and dry)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2cauterize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

callous; cauterise; cauterize

Hypernyms (to "cauterize" is one way to...):

harden; indurate; inure (cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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