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sterilization

Definitions of sterilization
  1. noun
    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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    types:
    pasteurisation, pasteurization
    partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food
    type of:
    cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
    the act of making something clean
  2. noun
    the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
    synonyms: sterilisation
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    altering, fixing, neutering
    the sterilization of an animal
    surgical contraception
    contraception by surgical sterilization
    tubal ligation
    a sterilization procedure with women; both Fallopian tubes are tied in two places and the tubes removed in between the ligations
    castration, emasculation
    neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
    spaying
    neutering a female by removing the ovaries
    vasectomy
    surgical procedure that removes all or part of the vas deferens (usually as a means of sterilization); is sometimes reversible
    type of:
    operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process
    a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body
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