Meaning of STERILIZE in English

STERILIZE

(~s, sterilizing, ~d)

Note: in BRIT, also use 'sterilise'

1.

If you ~ a thing or a place, you make it completely clean and free from germs.

Sulphur is also used to ~ equipment...

VERB: V n

sterilization

...the pasteurization and sterilization of milk.

N-UNCOUNT

2.

If a person or an animal is ~d, they have a medical operation that makes it impossible for them to have or produce babies.

My wife was ~d after the birth of her fourth child.

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed

sterilization (sterilizations)

In some cases, a sterilization is performed through the vaginal wall.

N-VAR

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