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English definition of “sterilization”

sterilization

noun [U] uk (UK usually sterilisation)   /ˌster.ɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌster.ɪ.ləˈ-/

sterilization noun [U] (STOP CHILDREN)

the process of having a medical operation to make it impossible to have children: My wife and I have discussed sterilization, but we haven't made a decision about it yet.

sterilization noun [U] (CLEANING)

the process of making something completely clean and free from bacteria: The needles have been sent off for sterilization.
(Definition of sterilization from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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