• WordNet 3.6
    • v sterilize make infertile "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"
    • v sterilize make free from bacteria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mules are genetically sterile. i.e. they cannot reproduce.
    • Sterilize (Biol) To deprive of the power of reproducing; to render incapable of germination or fecundation; to make sterile.
    • Sterilize (Microbiology, Medicine) To destroy all spores or germs in (an organic fluid or mixture) or on (a medical instrument), as by heat, so as to prevent contamination by bacteria or other organisms. A common method of sterilization in laboratories and medical facilities is to heat a liquid sample or an instrument in an autoclave.
    • Sterilize To destroy all spores or germs on (a surface) by wetting with an antiseptic liquid, such as an alcoholic solution.
    • Sterilize To make sterile or unproductive; to impoverish, as land; to exhaust of fertility. "Sterilizing the earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Crews, using solvent-dipped sterile gauze pads, eventually freed her legs, hands and extremities. She refused to be taken to the hospital.
    • sterilize To render sterile or unproductive in any way; specifically, in bacteriology, to render free from living germs, as by heating or otherwise. Also spelled sterilise.
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  • Albert Camus
    “The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.”
  • Max Lerner
    “We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. stériliser,


In literature:

This appearance of desolation was beyond measure gloomy, inspiring emotions that sterility had never produced.
"Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark" by Mary Wollstonecraft
Or that nature gave them all her favours in order to remain sterile ever after.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
They had never seen an animal or a blade of grass in all its gray, sun-blasted sterility.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
From childhood upward, everything is done to make the minds of men and women conventional and sterile.
"Political Ideals" by Bertrand Russell
The Pope blessed the nuptials, and sent the bride a golden rose, but the union was sterile and unhappy.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I." by John Lothrop Motley
I do not believe that the Great Society is the ordered, changeless, and sterile battalion of the ants.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
It was the weird, hideous, and demoniacal beauty of absolute sterility that reigned here.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
The species was established on specimens which I collected in 1802, in the sterile exposed tract at the head of Spencer's Gulf.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
Then she went in to get herself sterilized.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
The country was rough, sterile, and inhabited but thinly.
"The Guns of Shiloh" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Childless men although they prosper
Are praised only when they are up,
Sterile grace however lovely
Is a seed that yields no crop.
"Childless" by Anonymous Irish
Oh, drunken Wave! Oh, driving Cloud!
Rage of the Deep and sterile Rain,
By love upheld, by God allowed,
We go, but we return again!
"In the Matter of One Compass" by Rudyard Kipling
And what, methought, is Doubt at best?
A sterile wind through seeded sedge
Blowing for nought, an empty nest
That lingers in a leafless hedge.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"E sarei la piu` triste e la piu` grama,
"La piu` steril di pace e d'allegrezza,
"E potrei d'amarezza,
"Non piu` di gaudio, pagar la tua brama.
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Sterile these stones
By time in ruin laid.
Yet many a creeping thing
Its haven has made
In these least crannies, where falls
Dark's dew, and noonday shade.
"The Corner Stone" by Walter de la Mare
And we clomb--and the moon old and sterile
Clomb with us o'er torrent and scar!
And I yearned towards her oceans of beryl,
Wan mountains and cities of spar--
"'Tis not well," that one said, "you're in peril
Of falling and failing your star."
"Musagetes" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

RALEIGH (AP) — A group set up to help people sterilized against their will in North Carolina is halting its efforts to find more victims.
North Carolina moved closer to becoming the first US state to compensate victims of a forced sterilization program when the state House approved legislation Tuesday to compensate living survivors $50,000 each.
State legislators have filed a bill recommending that people forcibly sterilized decades ago in North Carolina get $50,000 each.
On all 27 attempts, it reached United States government sterilization standards.
' Sterilized ' Bond Buying an Option in Fed Arsenal.
Thousands Sterilized , a State Weighs Restitution.
The Eugenics Board of North Carolina sterilized Charles Holt when he was a teenager.
'Boston Med': Compelling but sterilized real-life drama.
TOWN AND COUNTRY — The St Louis suburb of Town and Country will start shooting and sterilizing deer in December to reduce the size of the animals' population.
Effective Development of Terminally Sterilized Medical Device Packaging.
When to get a pet sterilized .
The sterile fruit flies are being used to battle infestation which threatens agricluture.
Again proof the Human Gene Pool needs a good sterilization procedure.
The bugs were not wild, but rather raised in captivity under sterile conditions, Siegel said.
Sterilization victims should get $50K.

In science:

This however only occurs for negative δm2 cos 2θ and very small active-sterile mixing angles, not directly relevant for the ANP.
Blocking Active-Sterile Neutrino Oscillations in the Early Universe with a Majoron Field
In this paper we show that a lepton asymmetry as small as the present baryon asymmetry may be enough to block the sterile neutrino oscillations.
Blocking Active-Sterile Neutrino Oscillations in the Early Universe with a Majoron Field
The origin of the Ma joron field is elaborated in section V and its role on neutrino oscillations into a sterile neutrino in section VI.
Blocking Active-Sterile Neutrino Oscillations in the Early Universe with a Majoron Field
The model aims to fit the present known observations from solar, atmospheric and terrestrial neutrino experiments, including the Liquid Scintillation Neutrino Detector (LSND) result , with an extra sterile neutrino.
Blocking Active-Sterile Neutrino Oscillations in the Early Universe with a Majoron Field
However, it should be emphasized that the mechanism we propose of suppression of oscillations into a sterile neutrino at the BBN epoch, based on the existence of a Ma joron field, does not depend on the particular model or set of neutrino mass parameters.
Blocking Active-Sterile Neutrino Oscillations in the Early Universe with a Majoron Field