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Meaning of “sterilize” - Learner’s Dictionary

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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