HyperDic: sterilize

English > 2 senses of the word sterilize:
VERBbodysterilize, sterilisemake free from bacteria
bodysterilize, sterilise, desex, unsex, desexualize, desexualise, fixmake infertile
sterilize > pronunciation
Soundssteh'rahlay.z
Rhymesactualize ... womanize: 266 rhymes with ayz...
English > sterilize: 2 senses > verb 1, body
Meaningmake free from bacteria.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsterilise
NarrowerautoclaveSubject to the action of an autoclave
BroaderdisinfectDestroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing
Spanishesterilizar
Catalanesterilitzar
Nounssterilizationthe procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
sterilizera device for heating substances above their boiling point
English > sterilize: 2 senses > verb 2, body
Meaningmake infertile.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"
Synonymssterilise, desex, unsex, desexualize, desexualise, fix
Narroweralter, neuter, spay, castrateRemove the ovaries of
emasculate, castrate, demasculinize, demasculiniseRemove the testicles of a male animal
vasectomize, vasectomiseRemove the vas deferens
Broaderoperate on, operatePerform surgery on
Spanishcapar, castrar, emascular, esterilizar, mutilar
Catalanesterilitzar
Nounssterilizationthe act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)

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