Actual cautery, a substance or agent (as a hot iron) which cauterizes or sears by actual heat; or the burning so effected.Potential cautery, a substance which cauterizes by chemical action; as, lunar caustic; also, the cauterizing produced by such substance.

(Cau"tion) n. [F. caution a security, L. cautio, fr. cavere (For scavere) to be on one's guard, to take care (orig.) to be on the watch, see; akin to E. show.]

1. A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; provident care; wariness.

2. Security; guaranty; bail. [R.]

The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted.

3. Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.

In way of caution I must tell you.

Caution money, money deposited by way of security or guaranty, as by a student at an English university.

Syn. — Care; forethought; forecast; heed; prudence; watchfulness; vigilance; circumspection; anxiety; providence; counsel; advice; warning; admonition.

(Cau"tion) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cautioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cautioning.] To give notice of danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take heed.

You cautioned me against their charms.

(Cau"tion*a*ry) a.

1. Conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger; as, cautionary signals.

2. Given as a pledge or as security.

He hated Barnevelt, for his getting the cautionary towns out of his hands.
Bp. Burnet.

3. Wary; cautious. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Cau"tion*er) n.

(Cau"ter*ism) n. The use or application of a caustic; cautery. Ferrand.

(Cau`ter*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. cautèrisation.] (Med.) The act of searing some morbid part by the application of a cautery or caustic; also, the effect of such application.

(Cau"ter*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cauterized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cauterizing.] [L. cauterizare, Gr. fr. a branding iron: cf. F. cautérised.. See cauter.]

1. To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic. Dunglison.

2. To sear, as the conscience. Jer. Taylor.

(Cau"ter*y) n.; pl. Cauteries [L. cauterium, Gr. . See Cauter.]

1. (Med.) A burning or searing, as of morbid flesh, with a hot iron, or by application of a caustic that will burn, corrode, or destroy animal tissue.

2. The iron of other agent in cauterizing.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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