sterilize Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"sterilize" in British English

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sterilizeverb [T]

(UK usually sterilise) uk   us   /ˈster.ɪ.laɪz/

sterilize verb [T] (STOP CHILDREN)

to ​perform a ​medicaloperation 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 ​completelyclean and ​free from ​bacteria: All ​equipment must be sterilized before use.
(Definition of sterilize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sterilize" in American English

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sterilizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈster·əˌlɑɪz/

sterilize verb [T] (CLEAN)

to make something ​completelyclean and ​free from ​bacteria: Dental ​instruments are ​routinely sterilized.

sterilize verb [T] (MAKE UNABLE TO PRODUCE YOUNG)

to ​perform a ​medicaloperation on a ​person or ​animal in ​order to make them ​unable to ​produceyoung: The ​clinic will sterilize ​yourcat for ​free.
(Definition of sterilize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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