un·​ster·​il·​ized | \ ˌən-ˈster-ə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce unsterilized (audio) \

Definition of unsterilized

: not made sterile : not sterilized unsterilized needles an unsterilized instrument

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Recent Examples on the Web Out-of-control children were dosed with adult tranquilizers, administered through unsterilized needles, while many who fell ill received transfusions of unscreened blood. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 His condition was likely exacerbated by medical practices of the day as doctors probed his wounds with unsterilized fingers and magnets searching for the bullet. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "President statues tell our story," 16 Feb. 2020 The practice was popular with patients but unnecessary and the widespread use of unsterilized syringes led to the deaths of large numbers of people. Nick Turse, Time, "How This Pastor of a Megachurch Is Fueling Ebola Conspiracy Theories," 18 Oct. 2019 This is not just from pets but all the alley cats out there, themselves the product of people throwing unwanted, unsterilized felines to the four winds. Washington Post, "Bird populations have crashed. Here’s what you can do to help.," 16 Oct. 2019 That meant massive amounts of unsterilized intervention in currency markets. Stephen Mihmbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Switzerland pioneered negative rates in the 1970s. It got very ugly," 22 Aug. 2019 The term refers to unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized water collected from natural springs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Meet “raw” water—ludicrously priced unfiltered water with random bacteria," 3 Jan. 2018 The dust has hardly settled on abandoned Juicero machines, yet already the world has moved on to the latest tech lifestyle outrage: unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water, sold at upwards of $20 a gallon. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Angered by the Rise of the 'Raw Water' Startup? Don't Be.," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unsterilized

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsterilized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsterilized. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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