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Sterilize

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sterilize

1. To make sterile or unproductive; to impoverish, as land; to exhaust of fertility. Sterilizing the earth.

2. (Science: biology) To deprive of the power of reproducing; to render incapable of germination or fecundation; to make sterile. To destroy all spores or germs in (an organic fluid or mixture), as by heat, so as to prevent the development of bacterial or other organisms.

Origin: Cf. F. Steriliser.