sterilize ( sterilizes 3rd person present) ( sterilizing present participle) ( sterilized past tense & past participle )
in BRIT, also use sterilise
1 verb If you sterilize a thing or a place, you make it completely clean and free from germs.
Sulphur is also used to sterilize equipment... V n
...the pasteurization and sterilization of milk.
2 verb If a person or an animal is sterilized, they have a medical operation that makes it impossible for them to have or produce babies.
My wife was sterilized after the birth of her fourth child. be V-ed
sterilization ( sterilizations plural) n-var
In some cases, a sterilization is performed through the vaginal wall.
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