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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: cautériser, from Latin, from cauterium 'cauterizing tool', from Greek, from kaiein; CAUSTIC

cauterize

verb
     
Related topics: Hospital
cau‧ter‧ize also cauterise British English [transitive]
MH medical to treat a wound or a growth on your body by burning it with hot metal, a laser, or a chemical

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