Simple Definition of sterilize
: to clean (something) by destroying germs or bacteria
: to make (someone or something) unable to produce children, young animals, etc.
Full Definition of sterilize
: to make sterile: asa : to cause (land) to become unfruitfulb (1) : to deprive of the power of reproducing <surgically sterilize cats and dogs> (2) : to make incapable of germinationc : to make powerless or useless usually by restraining from a normal function, relation, or participationd : to free from living microorganisms
Examples of sterilize
The organization encourages people to sterilize their cats and dogs.
First Known Use of sterilize
STERILIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of sterilize
: to make sterile and especially free from germs
Medical Definition of sterilize
ster·il·ized also British ster·il·isedster·il·iz·ing also British ster·il·is·ing
: to make sterile:a: to deprive of the power of reproducingb: to free from living microorganisms (as by the use of physical or chemical agents) <sterilize a surgical instrument>
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