Meaning of STERILIZE in English
(~s, sterilizing, ~d)
Note: in BRIT, also use 'sterilise'
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
...the pasteurization and sterilization of milk.
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
In some cases, a sterilization is performed through the vaginal wall.
Collins COBUILD. Толковый словарь английского языка для изучающих язык Коллинз COBUILD (международная база данных языков Бирмингемского университета) . 2012