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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cautery, cauterization, cauterisationnoun

    the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing


  1. cauterizationnoun

    The act of searing some morbid part by the application of a cautery or caustic; also, the effect of such application.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cauterizationnoun

    The act of burning flesh with hot irons, or caustick medicaments.

    Etymology: from cauterize.

    They require, after cauterization, no such bandage, as that thereby you need to fear interception of the spirits. Richard Wiseman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cauterizationnoun

    the act of searing some morbid part by the application of a cautery or caustic; also, the effect of such application

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. cautrisation.]


  1. Cauterization

    The medical practice or technique of cauterization is the burning of part of a body to remove or close off a part of it in a process called cautery, which destroys some tissue, in an attempt to mitigate damage, remove an undesired growth, or minimize other potential medical harmful possibilities such as infections, when antibiotics are not available. The practice was once widespread for treatment of wounds. Its utility before the advent of antibiotics was effective on several levels: ⁕useful in stopping severe blood-loss and preventing exsanguination ⁕to close amputations Cautery was historically believed to prevent infection, but current research shows that cautery actually increases the risk for infection by causing more tissue damage and providing a more hospitable environment for bacterial growth. Actual cautery is a term referring to the metal device, generally heated to a dull red glow, that is applied to produce blisters, to stop bleeding of a blood vessel, and other similar purposes. The main forms of cauterization used today in the first world are electrocautery and chemical cautery—where both are, for example, prevalent in the removal of unsightly warts. Cautery can also mean the branding of a human, either recreational or forced.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cauterization in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cauterization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. elaborate
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    • C. abash
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