sterilization [ ster- uh-l uh- zey-sh uh n ] SHOW IPA / ˌstɛr ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the destruction of all living microorganisms, as pathogenic or saprophytic bacteria, vegetative forms, and spores. Nearby words sterilant
sterling area Related forms non·ster·i·li·za·tion, noun re·ster·i·li·za·tion, noun
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sterilization and eugenics programs are running in different countries in one way or another under the umbrella of UNO.
“The windows, the doors, the operating tables, the hospital beds, the
sterilization equipment, they destroyed all,” she said.
sterilization is meant the process of rendering the milk germ free by heating, by boiling. Sterilization by means of the radiation from the quartz mercury-arc has been practised successfully for several years.
It is for this reason that canned fruit does not require so much time for
sterilization as vegetables do.
The industry of canning is built upon the principle of
sterilization seems complete, any jars spoil, increase the time of boiling. British Dictionary definitions for sterilization sterilization sterilisation noun the act or procedure of sterilizing or making sterile the state of being sterile; sterilized condition
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Medicine definitions for sterilization n. The act or procedure of sterilizing. The condition of being sterile or sterilized.
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Science definitions for sterilization The procedure of destroying all microorganisms in or on a given environment, such as a surgical instrument, in order to prevent the spread of infection. This is usually done by using heat, radiation, or chemical agents. Any of various surgical procedures intended to eliminate the capacity to reproduce in humans or animals.
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Culture definitions for sterilization
The removal of all
microorganisms and other pathogens from an object or surface by treating it with chemicals or subjecting it to high heat or radiation.
Sterilization also refers to procedures that result in infertility.
Vasectomies and tubal ligations, in which the fallopian tubes of a woman are tied off, are examples of sterilization techniques.
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