What does sterilize mean?

Definitions for sterilize
ˈstɛr əˌlaɪzster·il·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterilize, steriliseverb

    make free from bacteria

  2. sterilize, sterilise, desex, unsex, desexualize, desexualise, fixverb

    make infertile

    "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"

GCIDE

  1. Sterilizeverb

    To destroy all spores or germs on (a surface) by wetting with an antiseptic liquid, such as an alcoholic solution.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. striliser.]

  2. Sterilizeverb

    (Biol.) To deprive of the power of reproducing; to render incapable of germination or fecundation; to make sterile.3. (Microbiology, Medicine) To destroy all spores or germs in (an organic fluid or mixture) or on (a medical instrument), as by heat, so as to prevent contamination by bacteria or other organisms. A common method of sterilization in laboratories and medical facilities is to heat a liquid sample or an instrument in an autoclave.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. striliser.]

Wiktionary

  1. sterilizeverb

    To deprive a male or female the ability to procreate.

  2. sterilizeverb

    To make unable to produce. To make unprofitable.

  3. sterilizeverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sterilizeverb

    to make sterile or unproductive; to impoverish, as land; to exhaust of fertility

    Etymology: [Cf. F. striliser.]

  2. Sterilizeverb

    to deprive of the power of reproducing; to render incapable of germination or fecundation; to make sterile

    Etymology: [Cf. F. striliser.]

  3. Sterilizeverb

    to destroy all spores or germs in (an organic fluid or mixture), as by heat, so as to prevent the development of bacterial or other organisms

    Etymology: [Cf. F. striliser.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sterilize

    1. In naval mine warfare, to permanently render a mine incapable of firing by means of a device (e.g., sterilizer) within the mine. 2. (DOD only) To remove from material to be used in covert and clandestine operations, marks or devices which can identify it as emanating from the sponsoring nation or organization.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterilize in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterilize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sterilize in a Sentence

  1. Ron Hood:

    What we are concerned about here is that Ohio's most vulnerable children are being subjected to experimental, unproven and expensive treatments and surgeries, this bill is dealing with children under 18, who would be subjected to these procedures which are irreversible, and these decisions are obviously being made by children. The best suicide prevention is to cure and guide, not to sterilize.

  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald:

    Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.

  3. Vanna Bonta:

    As the author of a work, I don't relinquish author-ity to just any critic, particularly not to people whose work I've not read or don't respect; those biased by envy are the least relevant, and grounded grammarians who strangle or sterilize under a banner of superiority are a close second.

  4. Jim Hill:

    I've never seen a bill that attempted to sterilize a person, male or female.

  5. F Scott:

    Either you think--or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.

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