Shelby Jones

What is sterilizing?

  • To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
  • To eliminate the ability of a person or animal to produce offspring, as by altering or removing the reproductive organs.

Sterilizing is a term referring to any process that eliminates or kills all forms of life.

Sterilization can be achieved with one or more of the following:

  • heat
  • chemicals
  • irradiation
  • high pressure
  • filtration

How is sterilization different from the rest?

Sterilization is distinct from disinfection, sanitation and pasteurization in that sterilization kills, deactivates, or eliminates all forms of life and other biological agents.