sterilize

(redirected from sterilising)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

sterilize

 [ster´ĭ-līz]
to subject to sterilization.

ster·il·ize

(ster'ĭl-īz),
To produce sterility.

sterilize

/ster·i·lize/ (ster´ĭ-līz)
1. to render sterile; to free from microorganisms.
2. to render incapable of reproduction.

sterilize

(stĕr′ə-līz′)
tr.v. steril·ized, steril·izing, steril·izes
1. To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
2. To eliminate the ability of a person or animal to produce offspring, as by altering or removing the reproductive organs.
3.
a. To make incapable of bearing fruit or germinating.
b. To render (land) unfruitful.

ster′i·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
ster′il·iz′er n.

sterilize

[ster′ilīz]
Etymology: L, sterilis, barren
1 to make powerless to reproduce (infertile), such as by surgery.
2 to destroy all living organisms and viruses in a material.

ster·il·ize

(ster'i-līz)
To produce sterility or asepsis.

sterilize

to subject to sterilization.

Patient discussion about sterilize

Q. Is it good to put alcohol on burns? If I get a burn- should I sterilize it with alcohol to prevent infections?

A. Tiffany is right...best to avoid alcohol. the treatment depends on the severity of the burn. here is a pamphlet about dealing with burns. very helpful!
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/firstaid/after-injury/638.html

More discussions about sterilize
References in periodicals archive ?
It was a sterilising unit which was sterilising glassware which had started to steam and that is what triggered the smoke alarms.
The popularity of this front-loading autoclave is driven by a design that offers a large sterilising chamber yet requires a relatively small Footprint and is by far one of the easiest to install since it is castor mounted for easy positioning and pass through a standard door.
Lara, Chesterfield Dear Lara I think most mums get more relaxed with sterilising as the months go by and you see all the toys, fingers and floor scraps that end up in a baby's mouth.
Richard Tilt, head of the prison service in England, said yesterday they were considering handing out sterilising equipment after discovering 30 prisoners at one jail had shared just one needle.
ONE in 10 parents are putting their baby's health at risk by not sterilising bottles and feeding equipment properly, says a new survey.