transitive verb
de·​sterilize | \ (ˈ)dē+ \

Definition of desterilize

: to release (gold) from an insulated condition in the treasury to useful service (as in forming the base for further credit expansion through deposit in a central bank)

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de- + sterilize

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“Desterilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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