pre·​ster·​il·​ize ˌprē-ˈster-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce presterilize (audio)
variants or pre-sterilize
presterilized or pre-sterilized; presterilizing or pre-sterilizing

transitive verb

: to make (something) sterile in advance
The jars should be presterilized.
They always presterilize the instruments.
presterilization noun
or pre-sterilization
presterilization of lab equipment
presterilized adjective
or pre-sterilized
using presterilized containers

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of presterilize was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Presterilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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