sterilize

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sterile +‎ -ize

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sterilize (third-person singular simple present sterilizes, present participle sterilizing, simple past and past participle sterilized)

  1. To deprive of the ability to procreate.
  2. To make unable to produce; to make unprofitable.
  3. (biology) To kill, deactivate (denature), or destroy (break apart) all living, viable microorganisms and spores on a surface, in a fluid, or contained in a compound, such as culture media or a medical product.

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