cauterize cauterize  /ˈkɔ tə raɪz/


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


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  1. There has never been a stronger case for firm and united action by the governments of both India and Pakistan to cauterize the cancer in their midst.
  2. Within a month after becoming General Secretary in 1985, Gorbachev set about to cauterize the wound.
  3. A Chicago man was having his abdomen kept open for weeks to permit surgeons gradually to cauterize a cancer in his stomach.


  • Review: In ‘Man of Steel,’ Henry Cavill soars over an erratic plot

    By Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES – “I can do things other people can’t,” the man says with becoming modesty, and can he ever. Cauterize deep wounds with a single glance, leap tall buildings in a single bound, …
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Q13 FOX Seattle


  1. "Now, I'm not familiar with the metric system or any other foreign language but that's the equivalent of 300 gallons, I would guess," Ferrell says with a shrug, then commands: "Hey, cauterize your sweat glands shut . . . sss-ka-owww . . ....
    on Feb 26, 2008 By: Will Ferrell Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "He has no intention of ending this war ...... If it's me he hands it off to, I will cauterize this wound immediately," Biden told a crowd of mostly middle-aged residents.
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: Scripps News

  3. "They have to cauterize this," said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No.
    on Apr 27, 2005 By: Steny Hoyer Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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