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ster·i·lize

sterilize

 
pronunciation:
ste r laIz
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sterilizes, sterilizing, sterilized
definition 1: to free of live microorganisms; decontaminate.
antonyms:
contaminate
definition 2: to render unable to reproduce, as by removing or damaging the reproductive organs.
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derivations: sterilizable (adj.), sterilizer (n.)
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