Sanitize vs Sterilize - What's the difference?

sanitize | sterilize |


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?

sanitize

English

Alternative forms

*sanitise

Verb

(en-verb)
  • 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
  • Derived terms

    *sanitizer

    sterilize

    English

    Alternative forms

    * sterilise (UK )

    Verb

    (steriliz)
  • 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.
  • See also

    * birth control * castrate * castrato * eunuch * procreate * procreation * spay

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