What does sterilization mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterilization, sterilisation(noun)

    the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)

  2. sterilization, sterilisation(noun)

    the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)


  1. sterilization(Noun)

    The process of treating something to kill or inactivate microorganisms.

    Heat sterilization is used during canning so the food can be safely stored for long periods.

  2. sterilization(Noun)

    A procedure to permanently prevent an organism from reproducing.

    Spaying a cat is a form of sterilization to limit the population growth.

  3. sterilization(Noun)

    an instance of a sterilization procedure

    The vet performed several sterilizations this week.

  4. sterilization(Noun)

    A monetary policy operation used to offset a foreign exchange intervention.

    The Federal Reserve is responsible for foreign exchange sterilization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sterilization(noun)

    the act or process of sterilizing, or rendering sterile; also, the state of being sterile


  1. Sterilization

    Sterilization is a term referring to any process that eliminates or kills all forms of microbial life, including transmissible agents present on a surface, contained in a fluid, in medication, or in a compound such as biological culture media. Sterilization can be achieved by applying heat, chemicals, irradiation, high pressure, and filtration or combinations thereof. The term has evolved to include the disabling or destruction of infectious proteins such as prions related to Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sterilization

    The destroying of all forms of life, especially microorganisms, by heat, chemical, or other means.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterilization in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterilization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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