sterilize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ˈsterəlaɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theysterilize
he/she/itsterilizes
present participlesterilizing
past tensesterilized
past participlesterilized
  1. 1
    to kill all the bacteria on or in something and to make it completely clean, for example by heating it to a very high temperature. Equipment is sterilized in a machine called a sterilizer.

derived word

sterilization

 

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/ˌsterəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [countable/uncountable]
singularsterilization
pluralsterilizations