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STERILIZATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sterilization mean? 

STERILIZATION (noun)
  The noun STERILIZATION has 2 senses:

1. the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
2. the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)

  Familiarity information: STERILIZATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STERILIZATION (noun)


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Meaning:

The act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sterilisation; sterilization

Hypernyms ("sterilization" is a kind of...):

operation; surgery; surgical operation; surgical procedure; surgical process (a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sterilization"):

altering; fixing; neutering (the sterilization of an animal)

surgical contraception (contraception by surgical sterilization)


Sense 2sterilization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sterilisation; sterilization

Hypernyms ("sterilization" is a kind of...):

cleaning; cleansing; cleanup (the act of making something clean)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sterilization"):

pasteurisation; pasteurization (partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food)


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