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ster‧il‧ize also sterilise British English [transitive]
to make something completely clean by killing any bacteria in it:
Sterilize the bottles with boiling water.
if a person or animal is sterilized, they have an operation to stop them producing babies
—sterilizer noun [countable]
an electric sterilizer
—sterilization noun [uncountable and countable]