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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.

Full Definition of sterilize

ster·il·izedster·il·iz·ing

  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

ster·il·i·za·tion play \ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
ster·il·iz·er play \ˈster-ə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of sterilize

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



1695

First Known Use of sterilize

1695


Medical Dictionary

sterilize

transitive verb ster·il·ize

Medical Definition of sterilize

ster·il·ized also British ster·il·isedster·il·iz·ing also British ster·il·is·ing

  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>

  2. ster·il·iza·tion \ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\play also British ster·il·isa·tion \-ˌlī-ˈ\play noun



Variants of sterilize

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

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