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sterilize

 [ster´ĭ-līz]
to subject to sterilization.
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ster·il·ize

(ster'ĭl-īz),
To produce sterility.
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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.
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ster·il·ize

(ster'i-līz)
To produce sterility or asepsis.
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Bleach based sterilization procedures are usually combined with 70 % ethanol rinse that is also considered a good sterilizing agent for many of the plants for in vitro culture (Aasim et al., 2013).
These results are not in confirmatory with earlier reports which have reported sodium hypochlorite and ethanol as good sterilizing agents for cotton seed (Aragao et al., 2005; Divya et al., 2008; Ozygit et al., 2009; Farahani et al., 2010).
Many researchers have used these sterilizing agents successfully (Rashid et al., 2008; Maqbool et al., 2010; Bakhsh et al., 2012) but we witnessed fungal contamination in our experiments using these sterilizing agents with less germination ratio of seeds.
Alternatives to killing or sterilizing the animals include improving efforts to immunize cattle and to separate them from bison, notes Williams.
[P.sub.u], [P.sub.s], and [P.sub.ns] are the current generation relative frequencies, respectively, of uninfected adults, u, adults infected by microbes carrying the sterilizing allele, s, and those with the nonsterilizing allele, ns.
As the frequency of the sterilizing allele, s, increases, the nonsterilizing allele, ns, also increases simply as a byproduct of the loss of the uninfected individuals caused by the sterilizing allele.
The second case supposes that whatever cancels the sterilizing effect in ns also cancels the deleterious fecundity effect on the host, so that [F.sub.ns] = 1.