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sterilize

transitive verb ster·il·ize \ˈster-ə-ˌlīz\

: to clean (something) by destroying germs or bacteria

: to make (someone or something) unable to produce children, young animals, etc.

ster·il·izedster·il·iz·ing

Full Definition of STERILIZE

:  to make sterile: as
a :  to cause (land) to become unfruitful
b (1) :  to deprive of the power of reproducing <surgically sterilize cats and dogs>
(2) :  to make incapable of germination
c :  to make powerless or useless usually by restraining from a normal function, relation, or participation
d :  to free from living microorganisms
ster·il·i·za·tion \ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
ster·il·iz·er \ˈster-ə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of STERILIZE

  1. The organization encourages people to sterilize their cats and dogs.

First Known Use of STERILIZE

1695
STERILIZE Defined for Kids

sterilize

verb ster·il·ize \ˈster-ə-ˌlīz\
ster·il·izedster·il·iz·ing

Definition of STERILIZE for Kids

:  to make sterile and especially free from germs
Medical Dictionary

sterilize

transitive verb ster·il·ize
ster·il·ized also British ster·il·isedster·il·iz·ing also British ster·il·is·ing

Medical Definition of STERILIZE

:  to make sterile: a :  to deprive of the power of reproducing b :  to free from living microorganisms (as by the use of physical or chemical agents) <sterilize a surgical instrument>
ster·il·iza·tion \ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ also British ster·il·isa·tion \-ˌlī-ˈ\ noun

Variants of STERILIZE

ster·il·ize also British ster·il·ise \ˈster-ə-ˌlīz\

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