from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A cautery; a caustic.
- Having a caustic or cauterizing action.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A cauterizing substance.
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- noun Any
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- noun an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it
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Pepys relates how he met a seaman returning from fighting the Dutch with his eye-socket "stopped with oakum," and as late at least as the Battle of Trafalgar it was customary, in amputations, to treat the bleeding stump with boiling pitch as a cauterant.