sterilisation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sterilisation the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
    • n sterilisation the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sterilisation etc. See sterilization, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sterilisation act of sterilising
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. sterilis, barren.

Usage

In literature:

Professors wrote thick books in which sex was sterilised and dissected.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
He dissolved the particle in some alcohol and with a sterilised needle repeated his experiment on a second mouse.
"The Silent Bullet" by Arthur B. Reeve
When Mavis told him of the Pimlico supplied milk, which she had sterilised herself, he shook his head.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
After this I lit a spirit-lamp and sterilised my lancet by heating it in the flame.
"Doctor Therne" by H. Rider Haggard
The prisoners' garments and bedding are sterilised in a special apparatus.
"Turkish Prisoners in Egypt" by Various
Nearly all the milk ordinarily sold for foreigners and invalids is supplied sterilised in bottles.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Street had left everything to her, even to the sterilising of his instruments.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
Sterilise all sweet milk used.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The same tyranny of compromise sterilises the whole teaching on the moral side.
"Irish Books and Irish People" by Stephen Gwynn
The silver instrument has the advantage that it can be sterilised by boiling.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
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In news:

The German government is considering a law that would cancel all the trial judgments that forced mentally ill people to be sterilised during the Nazi era 350 000 people with "hereditary diseases" were sterilised.
Doctors in Uzbekistan have spoken out about the government's alleged attempts to control the population rate by encouraging coercive sterilisations of women.
This week, Swaziland's parliament will debate proposed legislation that calls for mandatory sterilisation of the country's HIV-infected citizens.
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In science:

Even if one assumes that such calculations are realistic (which is far from being demonstrated), it is hard to draw any quantitative conclusions about the probability of definitive sterilisation of a habitable planet (which is the important quantity for the calculation of a GHZ).
On the "Galactic Habitable Zone"
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