Sterilization



[ster-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌstɛr ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of sterilizing.
2.
the condition of being sterilized.
3.
the destruction of all living microorganisms, as pathogenic or saprophytic bacteria, vegetative forms, and spores.
sterilization
/ˌstɛrɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or procedure of sterilizing or making sterile
2.
the state of being sterile; sterilized condition

sterilization ster·il·i·za·tion (stěr’ə-lĭ-zā’shən)
n.

The act or procedure of sterilizing.

The condition of being sterile or sterilized.

sterilization
(stěr’ə-lĭ-zā’shən)

The procedure of destroying all microorganisms in or on a given environment, such as a surgical instrument, in order to prevent the spread of infection. This is usually done by using heat, radiation, or chemical agents.

Any of various surgical procedures intended to eliminate the capacity to reproduce in humans or animals.

sterilization definition

The removal of all microorganisms and other pathogens from an object or surface by treating it with chemicals or subjecting it to high heat or radiation.

Sterilization also refers to procedures that result in infertility. Vasectomies and tubal ligations, in which the fallopian tubes of a woman are tied off, are examples of sterilization techniques.

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