- to destroy microorganisms in or on, usually by bringing to a high temperature with steam, dry heat, or boiling liquid.
- to destroy the ability of (a person or animal) to reproduce by removing the sex organs or inhibiting their functions.
- to make (land) barren or unproductive.
- Informal. to delete or remove anything comprising or damaging from: to sterilize a government document before releasing it to the press.
- Informal. to isolate or completely protect from unwanted, unauthorized, or unwholesome activities, attitudes, influences, etc.: You can't sterilize children against violence.
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Fill into flasks and sterilise, etc., as for previous solution.
Plug the tube and sterilise in the steamer in the usual manner.
Could not she nip the first in the bud, and sterilise the rest?When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
Already all of his lairs but one be sterilise as for him; and before the sunset this shall be so.
And so we have this day to hunt out all his lairs and sterilise them.
- (tr) to render sterile; make infertile or barren
- To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
- To deprive a person or animal of the ability to produce offspring, as by removing the reproductive organs.