Purify vs Sterilize - What's the difference?

purify | sterilize |


As verbs the difference between purify and sterilize

is that purify is to cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities while sterilize is to deprive a male or female the ability to procreate.

purify

English

Verb

  • To cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities
  • To free (someone) from guilt or sin
  • Antonyms

    * defile

    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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