- (v.t.) To make sterile or unproductive; to impoverish, as land; to exhaust of fertility.
- (v.t.) To deprive of the power of reproducing; to render incapable of germination or fecundation; to make sterile.
- (v.t.) To destroy all spores or germs in (an organic fluid or mixture), as by heat, so as to prevent the development of bacterial or other organisms.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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