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sterilize

verb
     
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ster‧il‧ize also sterilise British English [transitive]
1 to make something completely clean by killing any bacteria in it:
Sterilize the bottles with boiling water.
sterilized milk
sterilizing solution
2MB 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]

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