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sterilize

verb [T] ( also UK -ise)
 
 
/ˈsterəlaɪz/
MAKE CLEAN to make something clean and without bacteria: a sterilized needlePreventing infectionCleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words
NO CHILDREN to perform a medical operation on someone to make them unable to have childrenContraception
sterilization
 
 
/ˌsterəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun [U]
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