from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried. Harvey.
- noun In medicine, cauterization.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete The act of burning, or heating to dryness; the state of being thus heated or dried.
- noun (Surg.) Cauterization.
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- noun obsolete The act of
burning, or heatingto dryness; the state of being thus heated or dried.
- noun obsolete, surgery
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Laurentius condemns his tenet, because adustion of humours makes men mad, as lime burns when water is cast on it.
Vega reports of his knowledge, that he hath known melancholy caused from putrefied blood in those seed-veins and womb;  Arculanus, from that menstruous blood turned into melancholy, and seed too long detained (as I have already declared) by putrefaction or adustion.
And it is not alone in her profession that this gifted adustion has amazed and benefited an incinerated public: to her the world is indebted for the many fire-escapes, life-preservers, salamander safes, improved pompier ladders, play-house exits, standpipes, and Babcock extinguishers of modern times.