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verb as in make clean or unproductive

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With one type of immunity, called sterilizing immunity, the virus never gets a chance to begin replicating and never infects a cell.

When you’re able to do that and you can sterilize the environment, you’re going to have a better opportunity with a smaller group like that to limit the spread of the virus.

Banks were ordered to sterilize notes using either heat or UV light and then store the notes for 14 days before releasing the money into circulation.

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The most extreme example was where the polio vaccine was said to be a plot to sterilize women in Nigeria in 2003.

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When scientists figured out an efficient way to tweak a fruit fly’s natural DNA, reported in 1982, hopes rose for genetically sterilizing male pest insects.

The effort to sterilize his image first began when Epstein hired Los Angeles-based spin doctors Sitrick Co.

The pro-Palestinian group held up one ugly poster: Israelis Sterilize Blacks.

Having the jars, covers, and rings in perfect condition, the next thing is to wash and sterilize them.

If bottles are employed, be very careful to sterilize both bottles and corks.

In canning sauce fill the jars with the hot sauce and sterilize 12 minutes in hot-water bath.

If soft ripe, sterilize 16 minutes in hot-water bath; if flesh is very firm, 25 minutes.

Then keep up a temperature that will allow the food to boil quietly for a period long enough to cook it soft and sterilize it.


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On this page you'll find 45 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sterilize, such as: castrate, decontaminate, disinfect, neuter, pasteurize, and sanitize.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.