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sterilization

killing all microorganisms including endospores

disinfection

killing or inhibiting microbes on nonliving surfaces

antisepsis

killing or inhibiting microbes on living tissue

sepsis

presence of microbial contamination

asepsis

absence of contamination

degerming

removing microbes from a limited area

sanitization

lowering microbial counts on eating untensils

biocide/germicide

kills microbes

bactericidal

inhibits bacterial growth

contamination

unwanted organisms

genetics

the science of heredity and gene function

gene

a sequence of nucleotides in DNA encoding a functional product

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