Complete Definition of "sterilize"

English

Alternative spellings
sterilise (UK)

Verb
en-verb|steriliz|ing

  1. To deprive a male or female the ability to procreate.
  2. To make unable to produce. To make unprofitable.
  3. biology 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.

Related terms
sterile
sterilization

Translations
trans-top|disable ability to procreate
Chinese: æ¶ç (xiaoyan)
Dutch: steriliseer
Finnish: steriloida
French: stériliser
German: sterilisieren
Greek: αÏοÏÏειÏÏÏει (aposteirósei)
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Italian: sterilizzare
Japanese: 殺èãã (sakkin suru)
Korean: ì´ê· íì­ìì (salgyunhasipsiyo)
Latin: sterilizare
Russian: пÑоÑÑеÑилизоваÑÑ (prosterilizovat')
Spanish: esterilizar
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trans-top|make unable to produce; make unprofitable
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trans-top|(biology) To destroy all spores or germs
German: sterilisieren, entkeimen
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See also
birth control
castrate
castrato
eunuch
procreate
procreation
spay

External links
w:Sterilization|Wikipedia article on sterilization

References
R:1913

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