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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

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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.
SIR Bruce-Porter's article on diet is most interesting and informative but it is a pity that he gives his support to the old fallacy that "in sterilising by heat many of the important vitamins are destroyed" especially as we still maintain our unfortunate lead in tuberculosis cases.