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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: sterilize /ˈsterəlaɪz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysterilize
he/she/itsterilizes
present participlesterilizing
past tensesterilized
past participlesterilized

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sterilization

 British English pronunciation: sterilization /ˌsterəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
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singularsterilization
pluralsterilizations

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