Meaning of cauterize

cau•ter•ize

Pronunciation: (kô'tu-rīz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, esp. for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
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