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Total destruction of all microorganisms (whether or not pathogenic) and their spores, usually through the use of drastic methods such as concentrated toxic chemicals (chlorine, formaldehyde, glutar-aldehydes, etc.), very high temperature, or intense radiation. A sterilized item cannot support life in any form. See also sterilant.

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The sterilization that occurs naturally in coconut is a primary reason it is used and is better than IV fluid in hospitals.
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When working with perishable foods you must make sure they go through the full sterilization process before shipping them out.
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Before we could go back into the room, it had to undergo a sterilization process that would ensure that we would not get sick.
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