Etymology
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sterilization (n.)

1826, noun of action from sterilize.

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Definitions of sterilization

sterilization (n.)
the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce);
Synonyms: sterilisation
sterilization (n.)
the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means);
Synonyms: sterilisation
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