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caustic

 [kaws´tik]
1. burning or corrosive; destructive to tissue.
2. having a burning taste.
3. a corrosive or escharotic agent.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

caus·tic

(kaws'tik),
1. Chemically exerting an effect resembling a burn.
2. An agent producing this effect.
3. Denoting a solution of a strong alkali; for example, caustic soda, NaOH.
Synonym(s): pyrotic (2)
[G. kaustikos, fr. kaiō, to burn]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

caus·tic

(kaws'tik)
1. Exerting an effect resembling a burn.
2. An agent producing this effect.
3. Denoting a solution of a strong alkali (e.g., caustic soda, NaOH).
[G. kaustikos, fr. kaiō, to burn]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

caustic

Any chemical substance which corrodes and destroys bodily tissue.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

caustic 

The concentration of light in the caustic surface of a bundle of converging light rays which represents the focal image in an optical system uncorrected for spherical aberration. It appears as a hollow luminous cusp with its apex at the paraxial focus.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

caus·tic

(kaws'tik)
1. Chemically exerting an effect resembling a burn.
2. An agent producing this effect.
[G. kaustikos, fr. kaiō, to burn]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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