Meaning of “sterilization” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “sterilization” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sterilizationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌster·ə·ləˈzeɪ·ʃən/

sterilization noun [ U ] (MEDICAL OPERATION)

the process of having a medical operation to make it impossible to produce young, or the condition of being unable to produce young:

The compound causes sterilization in certain types of flies.

sterilization noun [ U ] (MAKING CLEAN)

the process of making something completely clean and free from bacteria:

(Definition of “sterilization” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)