Definition of sterilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    sterilize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈstɛrəˌlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sterilize
     
    he / she / it sterilizes
     
    past simple sterilized
     
    -ing form sterilizing
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] sterilize something to kill the bacteria in or on something to sterilize surgical instruments sterilized milk/water
  2. 2[usually passive] sterilize somebody/something to make a person or an animal unable to have babies, especially by removing or blocking their sex organs
sterilization
 
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NAmE//ˌstɛrələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable, countable]
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