Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb sterilize

2 senses of sterilize

Sense 1
sterilize, sterilise -- (make free from bacteria)
       => disinfect -- (destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing; "disinfect a wound")

Sense 2
sterilize, sterilise, desex, unsex, desexualize, desexualise, fix -- (make infertile; "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized")
       => operate on, operate -- (perform surgery on; "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life")

Antonyms of adj sterilized

1 sense of sterilized

Sense 1
sterilized, sterilised -- (made infertile)

INDIRECT (VIA sterile) -> fertile -- (capable of reproducing)

Similarity of adj sterilized

1 sense of sterilized

Sense 1
sterilized, sterilised -- (made infertile)
       => sterile (vs. fertile), unfertile, infertile -- (incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple")

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