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 for cauterize
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cauterize \Cau"ter*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cauterized; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Cauterizing.] [L. cauterizare, Gr. ?, fr. a
     branding iron: cf. F. caut['e]rised.. See cauter.]
     1. To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic. --Dunglison.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To sear, as the conscience. --Jer. Taylor.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric
           current or a caustic agent; "The surgeon cauterized the
           wart" [syn: cauterize, cauterise, burn]
      2: make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals [syn:
         callous, cauterize, cauterise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "cauterize":
     blaze, blister, brand, burn, burn in, burn off, cast, char, coal,
     crack, cupel, flame, found, oxidate, oxidize, parch, pyrolyze,
     scorch, sear, singe, solder, swinge, torrefy, vesicate, vulcanize,

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