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cauterized the wound
  burning or searing a wound to stop bleeding and prevent infection
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cauterize cauterized cauterization cauterizing cauterizes
More rarely, cauterize can refer to the use of  a chemical agent or electrical current to remove tissue such as a wart. Cauterize may also be used to reference increasing insensitivity or callousness.
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  • cauterized the wound
  • Big God howled like a hot wind... Then Small God (cozy and contained, private and limited) came away cauterized, laughing numbly at his own temerity.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The explosion cauterized him right clean.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Something was killed in your breast: burnt out, cauterized out.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • He had lost nearly a third of his blood, but the hot rails had cauterized many of his arteries.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Because they left their initials burned into the cauterized synapses.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • She removed the sleeve and cauterized a patch of lab-grown skin over the open wound.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • If it does, we’ll have to cauterize your shoulder.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Thenardier, masterful and phlegmatic, cauterized the scruple with this saying: "Jean Jacques Rousseau did even better!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Got to (rinse) cauterize.
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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  • I ask myself every day, ’What are you doing against Brotherhood?’ and when I find it, I root it out, I burn it out like a man cauterizing a mad-dog bite.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The mate used a handsaw to square up the bone and cauterized the stump unevenly, so that the wound healed more slowly than it would have otherwise and the scar tissue left behind was thick and coarse.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The thin trench burned as if cauterized.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • And around they go, working the wound until Barbara makes a move to cauterize it: "Either way, I’m coming for parents’ weekend in October."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The code for the directive was Cautery, since the function of the bomb was to cauterize the infection—to burn it out, and thus prevent its spread.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Rawlins eyed balefully that cauterized terrain.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • At dawn on Monday they brought a woman who recited cauterizing prayers that were infallible for man and beast beside her bed, but Amaranta Ursula’s passionate blood was insensible to any artifice that did not come from love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • On the way he kicks my legs black-and-blue from the knees down; and I’ve got to have two or three bites on my thumb and hand cauterized.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • He had no intention of attending so much as a single session of the congress—he could imagine it well enough, new pamphlets by Bleuler and the elder Forel that he could much better digest at home, the paper by the American who cured dementia praecox by pulling out his patient’s teeth or cauterizing their tonsils, the half-derisive respect with which this idea would be greeted, for no more reason than that America was such a rich and powerful country.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The wounds to the legs, stomach, and chest were deep and severe, quite possibly fatal were it not for the fact the bullets had remained where they had lodged, self-cauterized and continuously cleansed by the sea.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • After I cauterized the wound I was near death for a week, but then I recovered.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He had sodomized one victim, then cauterized her.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • So, then, inflammation, cauterization.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • They were days fording that cauterized terrain.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Into the fire was placed the tip ofa dagger, which Roran knew Brigman would use to cauterize the wound in his back after removing the arrow, lest he bleed to death.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Gottlieb swabbed its belly with a cotton wad soaked in lysol, slit it from belly to neck, and cauterized the heart with a red-hot spatula—the class quivered as they heard the searing of the flesh.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Could be a missed blood vessel that wasn’t cauterized," the doctor says.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The cauterizing iron was ready, and she stayed to see if he would scream when it was applied.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • I assume it was well cauterized or it would stink more.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • "Cauterize the wound," the queen said briskly.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The President may cauterize the area with little domestic uproar and small loss of life.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He cringed inwardly as, for a second, the memory of his wounds being cauterized jumped to the forefront of his mind, and he again felt the touch of hot metal against his flesh.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
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