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Sterilization vs. Sanitization

Difference Between Sterilization and Sanitization

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Sterilization

The process of making something free from bacteria or other living microorganisms
The food processing plant has undergone three sterilizations supervised by a microbiologist
Disinfection and sterilization of surgical equipment
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Sanitization

To make sanitary, as by cleaning or disinfecting.
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Sterilization

Surgery to make a person or animal unable to produce offspring
She had three children and had undergone sterilization
In the years preceding the case, the number of sterilizations performed there rose dramatically
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Sanitization

To make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or offensive features from
Sanitized the language in adapting the novel for television.
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Sterilization

To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
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Sanitization

The act of sanitizing something.
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Sterilization

To eliminate the ability of a person or animal to produce offspring, as by altering or removing the reproductive organs.
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Sanitization

The process of editing a security-classified document in order to reduce its classification level.
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Sterilization

To make incapable of bearing fruit or germinating.
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Sanitization

Making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing
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Sterilization

To render (land) unfruitful.
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Sterilization

(Economics) To place (gold) in safekeeping so as not to affect the supply of money or credit.
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Sterilization

To make inoffensive or innocuous
Sterilized the terminology with euphemisms.
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Sterilization

(uncountable) The process of treating something to kill or inactivate microorganisms.
Heat sterilization is used during canning so the food can be safely stored for long periods.
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Sterilization

(uncountable) A procedure to permanently prevent an organism from reproducing.
Spaying a cat is a form of sterilization to limit the population growth.
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Sterilization

(countable) An instance of a sterilization procedure.
The vet performed several sterilizations this week.
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Sterilization

(uncountable) A monetary policy operation used to offset a foreign exchange intervention.
The Federal Reserve is responsible for foreign exchange sterilization.
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Sterilization

The act or process of sterilizing, or rendering sterile; also, the state of being sterile.
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Sterilization

The act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
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Sterilization

The procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
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