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Sterilization, Reproductive MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Sterilization, Reproductive
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restrict to humans and vertebrates; for invertebrates, consider PEST CONTROL, BIOLOGICAL
Scope Note
Procedures to block or remove all or part of the genital tract for the purpose of rendering individuals sterile, incapable of reproduction. Surgical sterilization procedures are the most commonly used. There are also sterilization procedures involving chemical or physical means.
Entry Term(s)
Female Sterilization
Female Sterilization, Voluntary
Male Sterilization
Male Sterilization, Voluntary
Reproductive Sterilization
Voluntary Sterilization
See Also
Pest Control, Biological
Population Control
Public MeSH Note
2004; see STERILIZATION, SEXUAL 1963-2003
History Note
2004 (1963)
Date Established
Date of Entry
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Sterilization, Reproductive Preferred
Female Sterilization, Voluntary Narrower
Voluntary Sterilization Narrower
Male Sterilization, Voluntary Narrower
Female Sterilization Narrower
Male Sterilization Narrower
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