verb (used with object), sterilized, sterilizing.
to destroy microorganisms in or on, usually by bringing to a high temperature with steam, dry heat, or boiling liquid.
to destroy the ability of (a person or animal) to reproduce by removing the sex organs or inhibiting their functions.
to make (land) barren or unproductive.
Informal. to delete or remove anything comprising or damaging from:
to sterilize a government document before releasing it to the press.
Informal. to isolate or completely protect from unwanted, unauthorized, or unwholesome activities, attitudes, influences, etc.:
You can’t sterilize children against violence.
a person, substance, or device that sterilizes
(transitive) to render sterile; make infertile or barren
sterilizer ster·il·iz·er (stěr’ə-lī’zər)
An apparatus for rendering objects aseptic.
sterilize ster·il·ize (stěr’ə-līz’)
v. ster·il·ized, ster·il·iz·ing, ster·il·iz·es
To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
To deprive a person or an animal of the ability to produce offspring, as by removing the reproductive organs.
noun 1. a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued as a source of caviar. noun 1. a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of seas and rivers in N Asia and E Europe: used as a food fish and a source of caviar
adjective 1. of, relating to, or noting British money: The sterling equivalent is #5.50. 2. (of silver) having the standard fineness of 0.925. 3. made of silver of this fineness: a sterling teapot. 4. thoroughly excellent: a man of sterling worth. noun 5. British currency. 6. the standard of fineness for gold and silver coin […]
noun 1. those countries having currencies whose values tend to vary directly with the rise and fall of the value of the pound sterling.
noun 1. a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit.