Disinfection vs. Sterilization

By Jaxson

  • Disinfection (noun)

    Treatment with disinfectant materials in order to destroy harmful microorganisms

  • Sterilization (noun)

    The process of treating something to kill or inactivate microorganisms.

    “Heat sterilization is used during canning so the food can be safely stored for long periods.”

  • Sterilization (noun)

    A procedure to permanently prevent an organism from reproducing.

    “Spaying a cat is a form of sterilization to limit the population growth.”

  • Sterilization (noun)

    an instance of a sterilization procedure

    “The vet performed several sterilizations this week.”

  • Sterilization (noun)

    A monetary policy operation used to offset a foreign exchange intervention.

    “The Federal Reserve is responsible for foreign exchange sterilization.”

  • Disinfection (noun)

    the process of cleaning something, especially with a chemical, in order to destroy bacteria

    “instruments must undergo high-level disinfection before reuse”

  • Sterilization (noun)

    the process of making something free from bacteria or other living microorganisms

    “the food processing plant has undergone three sterilizations supervised by a microbiologist”

    “disinfection and sterilization of surgical equipment”

  • Sterilization (noun)

    surgery to make a person or animal unable to produce offspring

    “she had three children and had undergone sterilization”

    “in the years preceding the case, the number of sterilizations performed there rose dramatically”

Oxford Dictionary

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