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STERILIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sterilize mean? 

STERILIZE (verb)
  The verb STERILIZE has 2 senses:

1. make free from bacteria
2. make infertile

  Familiarity information: STERILIZE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STERILIZE (verb)


Sense 1sterilize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make free from bacteria

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

sterilise; sterilize

Hypernyms (to "sterilize" is one way to...):

disinfect (destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sterilize"):

autoclave (subject to the action of an autoclave)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2sterilize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make infertile

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

desex; desexualise; desexualize; sterilise; sterilize; unsex; fix

Context example:

in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized

Hypernyms (to "sterilize" is one way to...):

operate; operate on (perform surgery on)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sterilize"):

alter; castrate; neuter; spay (remove the ovaries of)

castrate; demasculinise; demasculinize; emasculate (remove the testicles of a male animal)

vasectomise; vasectomize (remove the vas deferens)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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