[ san-i-tahyz ]
/ ˈsæn ɪˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), san·i·tized, san·i·tiz·ing.

to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing.
to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.: to sanitize a document before releasing it to the press.
Also especially British, san·i·tise.

Origin of sanitize

First recorded in 1830–40; sanit(ary) + -ize


san·i·ti·za·tion, nounun·san·i·tized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sanitization



/ (ˈsænɪˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make sanitary or hygienic, as by sterilizing
to omit unpleasant details from (a news report, document, etc) to make it more palatable to the recipients

Derived forms of sanitize

sanitization or sanitisation, noun
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Medical definitions for sanitization

[ săn′ĭ-tĭ-zāshən ]


The process of making something sanitary, as by cleaning or disinfecting.

Other words from sanitization

sani•tize′ (-tīz′) v.
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