sterilize

verb ster·il·ize \ ˈster-ə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of sterilize

sterilized; sterilizing
transitive verb
: to make sterile: such as
a : to cause (land) to become unfruitful
b (1) : to deprive of the power of reproducing
  • surgically sterilize cats and dogs
(2) : to make incapable of germination
c : to make powerless or useless usually by restraining from a normal function, relation, or participation
d : 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.

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First Known Use of sterilize

1695


STERILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

sterilize

verb

Definition of sterilize for English Language Learners

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

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


STERILIZE Defined for Kids

sterilize

verb ster·il·ize \ ˈster-ə-ˌlīz \

Definition of sterilize for Students

sterilized; sterilizing
: to make sterile and especially free from germs

Medical Dictionary

sterilize

transitive verb ster·il·ize
variants: also British sterilise play \ˈster-ə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of sterilize

sterilized also British sterilised; sterilizing also British sterilising
: to make sterile:
a : to deprive of the power of reproducing
b : to free from living microorganisms (as by the use of physical or chemical agents)
  • sterilize a surgical instrument

sterilization

play \ˌster-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ also British sterilisation play \-ˌlī-ˈ\ noun

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