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sterilize

verb [T] uk ( UK usually sterilise)   /ˈster.ɪ.laɪz/ us  

sterilize verb [T] (STOP CHILDREN)

to perform a medical operation on someone in order to make them unable to have children: After having five children, she decided to be sterilized.

sterilize verb [T] (CLEAN)

to make something completely clean and free from bacteria: All equipment must be sterilized before use.
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