sterile

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adjective ster·ile \ˈster-əl, chiefly British -ˌī(-ə)l\

Definition of sterile

  1. 1a :  failing to bear or incapable of producing fruit or sporesb :  failing to produce or incapable of producing offspring <a sterile hybrid>c :  incapable of germinating <sterile spores>d of a flower :  neither perfect nor pistillate

  2. 2a :  unproductive of vegetation <a sterile arid region>b :  free from living organisms and especially microorganisms <a sterile syringe>c :  lacking in stimulating emotional or intellectual quality :  lifeless <a sterile work of art>

sterilely

play \-ə(l)-lē\ adverb

sterility

play \stə-ˈri-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of sterile in a sentence

  1. a sterile dressing for a wound

  2. <sterile couples sometimes choose to adopt needy children>

Origin and Etymology of sterile

Middle English steryle, from Latin sterilis; akin to Gothic stairo barren animal, Sanskrit starī sterile cow


First Known Use: 15th century

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STERILE Defined for English Language Learners

sterile

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adjective ster·ile \ˈster-əl, chiefly British -ˌī(-ə)l\

Definition of sterile for English Language Learners

  • : not able to produce crops or plants

  • : not able to produce children, young animals, etc.

  • : not able to grow or develop


STERILE Defined for Kids

sterile

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adjective ster·ile \ˈster-əl\

Definition of sterile for Students

  1. 1 :  not able to produce fruit, crops, or offspring :  not fertile <sterile soil>

  2. 2 :  free from living germs <a sterile bandage>


Medical Dictionary

sterile

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adjective ster·ile \ˈster-əl, chiefly British -ˌīl\

Medical Definition of sterile

  1. 1:  failing to produce or incapable of producing offspring <a sterile hybrid>—compare infertile

  2. 2:  free from living organisms and especially microorganisms <a sterile syringe> <a sterile cyst>

sterilely

\-əl-(l)ē\play adverb

sterility

\stə-ˈril-ət-ē\play noun plural

sterilities



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