sterilizer

noun

ster·​il·​iz·​er ˈster-ə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce sterilizer (audio)
plural sterilizers
: one that sterilizes something: such as
a
: an apparatus for destroying viable microorganisms (as by the use of steam or dry heat) compare autoclave, sterilant
b
: a person whose work involves sterilizing something (such as medical equipment)

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sterilizer was in 1839

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“Sterilizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sterilizer. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Medical Definition

sterilizer

noun

ster·​il·​iz·​er
variants also British steriliser
: an apparatus for sterilizing (as by the agency of steam, ultraviolet radiation, or chemicals)
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