sterilize


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to sterilize: sterilise

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 ?
This year we are targeting to sterilize 20,000 monkeys.
But frequently people who trap feral cats bring them to his Los Angeles Avenue clinic and he sterilizes the animals to help control their population.
Hodges' team has inserted in corn plants a gene that sterilizes the male parts and has flanked that gene with FRTs.
The organizations hope to trap and sterilize 50 stray cats living along the Lafayette Corridor (Lafayette Street/Martin Avenue in Santa Clara).
We can't sterilize the health care worker, and we can't sterilize the patient.
INTEGRATED LABS ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH PROGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS FOR MARKETING OF GAMMA RAY EQUIPMENT TO STERILIZE MEDICAL WASTE
Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a gas used widely to sterilize surgical equipment that can't tolerate steam sterilization.
Sporicidin Cold Sterilizing Solution is used to sterilize or disinfect certain medical instruments, equipment and fiberoptics used in endoscopic surgery, anesthesiology and respiratory therapy.