tr.v. san·i·tized, san·i·tiz·ing, san·i·tiz·es
1. To make sanitary, as by cleaning or disinfecting.
2. To make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or offensive features from: sanitized the language in adapting the novel for television.
san′i·ti·zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.
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