Definition of sterile
- a sterile hybrid
- sterile spores
- a sterile arid region
- a sterile syringe
- a sterile work of art
a sterile dressing for a wound
sterile couples sometimes choose to adopt needy children
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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of very fine texture or delicate form
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