American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or procedure of sterilizing.
- n. The condition of being sterile or sterilized.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or operation of making sterile; specifically, the process of freeing from living germs. Also spelled sterilisation.
- n. uncountable The process of treating something to kill or inactivate microorganisms.
- n. uncountable A procedure to permanently prevent an organism from reproducing.
- n. countable an instance of a sterilization procedure
- n. uncountable A monetary policy operation used to offset a foreign exchange intervention.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) The act or process of sterilizing, or rendering sterile; also, the state of being sterile.
- n. the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
- n. the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
““Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock.””
“Yes, forced sterilization is the height of compassion.”
“The same disapproval for birth control and sterilization is more difficult to understand, but I accept that it exists.”
“I know that regret after sterilization is highest among women under 30 and I would do my best to discourage such a person from doing it.”
“Yelling that the restrooms of OK high schools are filled with lesbians and forcible sterilization is social conservatism?”
“Tomatoes really are the easiest vegetable to can, because the period of sterilization is short, and many jars may be canned in a day, or if one is very busy a few jars may be canned daily without the expenditure of a great deal of time.”
“Short-term sterilization T-bills are just that: FX sterilization securities - rapidly unwound in case of a reversal of volatile flows (India as a case in point).”
“The ECB could provide some relief by engaging in "quantitative easing" (creating new Euros), but it has insisted it would do so only with "sterilization" -- taking as much money out of the system as it puts back in.”
“Central banks can counterbalance the effect of printing money through a process known as sterilization, in which they sop up money by issuing local-currency bonds.”
“In addition, increasing interest rates raises the cost to the central bank of its so-called sterilization operations, in which the bank issues debt to soak up funds from exports and foreign capital inflows.”
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