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Meaning of STERILIZE

Pronunciation:  'steru`lIz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make infertile; of both males and females
  2. [v]  make free from bacteria
 

STERILIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: desex, desexualise, desexualize, fix, sterilise, unsex
 
 See Also: alter, autoclave, castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize, disinfect, emasculate, neuter, operate, operate on, spay, vasectomise, vasectomize

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ster"il*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sterilized}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Sterilizing}.] [Cf. F. st['e]riliser.]
1. To make sterile or unproductive; to impoverish, as land;
   to exhaust of fertility. [R.] ``Sterilizing the earth.''
   --Woodward.

2. (Biol.)
   (a) To deprive of the power of reproducing; to render
       incapable of germination or fecundation; to make
       sterile.
   (b) To destroy all spores or germs in (an organic fluid or
       mixture), as by heat, so as to prevent the development
       of bacterial or other organisms.

 

 

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