sterilize

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

  1. To deprive a male or female 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 that would be on a surface, in a fluid, or contained in a compound, such as culture media or a medical product.

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