As verbs the difference between sanitize and sterilize
is that sanitize
is to partially free something of microorganisms by cleaning or disinfecting while sterilize
is to deprive a male or female the ability to procreate.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
to partially free something of microorganisms by cleaning or disinfecting
(by extension) to make something, such as a dramatic work, more acceptable by removing potentially offensive material
(computing) to remove sensitive or personal data from a database or file before giving the public access to it
to revise a document in order to prevent identification of the sources
* sterilise (UK )
To deprive a male or female the ability to procreate.
To make unable to produce. To make unprofitable.
(biology) To kill, deactivate (denature), or destroy (break apart) all living, viable microorganisms and spores that would be on a surface, in a fluid, or contained in a compound, such as culture media or a medical product.
* birth control