from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or procedure of sterilizing.
  • n. The condition of being sterile or sterilized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of treating something to kill or inactivate microorganisms.
  • n. A procedure to permanently prevent an organism from reproducing.
  • n. an instance of a sterilization procedure
  • n. A monetary policy operation used to offset a foreign exchange intervention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of sterilizing, or rendering sterile; also, the state of being sterile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of making sterile; specifically, the process of freeing from living germs. Also spelled sterilisation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)


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