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sterilize

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

Simple Definition of sterilize

  • : to clean (something) by destroying germs or bacteria

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sterilize

sterilized

sterilizing

  1. :  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

sterilization

play \ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

sterilizer

play \ˈster-ə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of sterilize in a sentence

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



1695

First Known Use of sterilize

1695


STERILIZE Defined for Kids

sterilize

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verb ster·il·ize \ˈster-ə-ˌlīz\

Definition of sterilize for Students

sterilized

sterilizing

  1. :  to make sterile and especially free from germs




Medical Dictionary

sterilize

transitive verb ster·il·ize

Medical Definition of sterilize

sterilized

also British

sterilised

;

sterilizing

also British

sterilising

  1. :  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>

sterilization

\ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\play also British

sterilisation

\-ˌlī-ˈ\play noun


Variants of sterilize

also British

sterilise

\ˈster-ə-ˌlīz\play

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