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sterilize

[ ster-uh-lahyz ]
/ 藞st蓻r 蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), ster路i路lized, ster路i路liz路ing.
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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Also especially British, ster路i路lise .

Origin of sterilize

First recorded in 1685鈥95; sterile + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM sterilize

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British Dictionary definitions for sterilize

sterilize

sterilise

/ (藞st蓻r瑟藢la瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to render sterile; make infertile or barren

Derived forms of sterilize

sterilizable or sterilisable, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for sterilize

sterilize
[ st臅r蓹-l墨z鈥 ]

v.
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.
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