One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the wards had been thoroughly sterilized’
disinfect, purify, fumigate, decontaminate, sanitize
rare depurate, depollute
2‘in the last half of the year, over 6.5 million people were sterilized’
rare ovariectomize, oophorectomize, eunuchize
3‘she launched a campaign to have France's 30 million cats and dogs sterilized’
castrate, geld, neuter, cut, caponize, emasculate
Australian North American alter
informal fix, doctor
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