bacterize

verb
bac·​te·​rize | \ ˈbak-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce bacterize (audio) \
bacterized; bacterizing

Definition of bacterize

transitive verb

: to subject to bacterial action

Other Words from bacterize

bacterization \ ˌbak-​tə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce bacterize (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of bacterize

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Bacterize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacterize. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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bacterize

transitive verb
bac·​te·​rize
variants: or British bacterise \ ˈbak-​tə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce bacterize (audio) \
bacterized or British bacterised; bacterizing or British bacterising

Medical Definition of bacterize

: to subject to bacterial action

Other Words from bacterize

bacterization or British bacterisation \ ˌbak-​tə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce bacterize (audio) \ noun

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