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ster·ile

 (stĕr′əl, -īl′)
adj.
1.
a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
b. Not producing or incapable of producing seed, fruit, spores, or other reproductive structures. Used of plants or their parts.
2. Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful: sterile land.
3. Free from live bacteria or other microorganisms: a sterile operating area; sterile instruments.
4. Lacking imagination, creativity, or vitality.
5. Lacking the power to function; not productive or effective; fruitless: a sterile discussion.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sterilis.]

ster′ile·ly adv.
ster′ile·ness, ste·ril′i·ty (stə-rĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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sterile

(ˈstɛraɪl)
adj
1. (Biology) unable to produce offspring; infertile
2. (Medicine) free from living, esp pathogenic, microorganisms; aseptic
3. (Botany) (of plants or their parts) not producing or bearing seeds, fruit, spores, stamens, or pistils
4. lacking inspiration or vitality; fruitless
5. (Economics) economics US (of gold) not being used to support credit creation or an increased money supply
[C16: from Latin sterilis]
ˈsterilely adv
sterility n
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ster•ile

(ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl)

adj.
1. free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic.
2. incapable of producing offspring; infertile.
3. barren; not producing vegetation: sterile soil.
4.
a. noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop.
b. bearing no stamens or pistils.
5. not productive of results, ideas, etc.; fruitless.
[1545–55; < Latin sterilis]
ster′ile•ly, adv.
ste•ril•i•ty (stəˈrɪl ɪ ti) n.
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ster·ile

(stĕr′əl, stĕr′īl′)
1. Not able to produce offspring, seeds, or fruit; unable to reproduce.
2. Producing little or no plant life; barren: a desolate, sterile region.
3. Free from disease-causing microorganisms: a sterile bandage.

sterility (stə-rĭl′ĭ-tē) noun
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sterile - incapable of reproducingsterile - incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple"
unfruitful - not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production
impotent - lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"
fertile - capable of reproducing
2.sterile - free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganismssterile - free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms; "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques"
antiseptic - thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms; "doctors in antiseptic green coats"; "the antiseptic effect of alcohol"; "it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"
3.sterile - deficient in originality or creativitysterile - deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention; "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing"
uncreative - not creative; "an uncreative imagination"
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sterile

adjective
1. germ-free, antiseptic, sterilized, disinfected, aseptic He always made sure that any cuts were protected by sterile dressings.
germ-free dirty, infected, contaminated, unhygienic, insanitary, unsterile, germ-ridden
3. unproductive, fruitless, unprofitable, empty, unfruitful, unprolific Too much time has been wasted in sterile debate.
4. bare, dry, unproductive, waste, empty, desert, barren, desolate, arid, infertile, unfruitful a sterile and barren wasteland
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sterile

adjective
1. Unable to produce offspring:
2. Lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops:
3. Free or freed from microorganisms:
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Translations
عَقِيمُغَيْر مُثْمِرمُعَقَّم
neplodnýsterilní
sterilufrugtbar
steriili
sterilan
steril
dauîhreinsaîurófrjósamur, ófrjór
滅菌した
균이 없는
padaryti nevaisingąsterilizacijasterilizuotisterilumassterilus
neauglīgssterils
steril
ปราศจากเชื้อ
kısırmikropsuzsteril
vô trùng

sterile

[ˈsteraɪl] ADJ
1. (= germ-free) → esterilizado
2. (= infertile) → estéril
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sterile

[ˈstɛraɪl] adj
(= completely clean) [dressing, equipment, water] → stérile
(= infertile) [person, animal] → stérile
(= without value) [debate, relationship, statistics] → stérile
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sterile

adj
animal, soilunfruchtbar; personsteril, unfruchtbar; (fig: = fruitless) → ergebnislos, unfruchtbar
(= germ-free)steril, keimfrei; (fig)steril
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sterile

[ˈstɛraɪl] adjsterile
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sterile

(ˈsterail) adjective
1. (of soil, plants, humans and other animals) unable to produce crops, seeds, children or young.
2. free from germs. A surgeon's equipment must be absolutely sterile.
steˈrility (-ˈri-) noun
ˈsterilize, ˈsterilise (-ri-) verb
1. to make (a woman etc) sterile.
2. to kill germs in (eg milk) or on (eg surgical instruments) by boiling.
ˌsteriliˈzation, ˌsteriliˈsation noun
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sterile

عَقِيمُ sterilní steril steril στείρος estéril steriili stérile sterilan sterile 滅菌した 균이 없는 steriel steril sterylny estéril стерильный steril ปราศจากเชื้อ steril vô trùng 贫脊的
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ster·ile

a. estéril.
1. que no es fértil;
2. aséptico-a; que no contiene ni produce microorganismos.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

sterile

adj estéril, aséptico; (persona) infértil, estéril
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References in periodicals archive ?
(16) The results revealed that the sterile technique was superior to the non-sterile technique, with infection rates of 29 per cent and 45 per cent respectively.
During collection, the burs were handled using sterile technique to prevent any contamination.
Any sample of urine taken from the ileal conduit must be taken using sterile technique.
He frequently performs gardening but did not recall any episode of sterile technique breach while performing the peritoneal dialysis exchanges.
Through a separate medial incision under sterile technique, this area was injected with 5 cc of calcium phosphate cement.
CTs should be inserted uniformly with adherence to requirements for patients' positioning as well as sterile technique, often using local anesthesia for insertion (Salmon, Lynch, & Muck, 2013; Zisis et al., 2015).
Few health care professionals focus as much attention on preventing infectious disease transmission as surgical technologists, says Rodriguez, and she presents a textbook that bridges the gap between theory and practice and cause and effect and brings relevance and context to the principles of asepsis and sterile technique. Among the topics are the science of microbiology, the empire of viruses, microbial disease transmission, gram-negative bacilli and coccobacilli, diseases of the circulatory and central nervous systems, and controlling microbial growth.
After that, a sterile technique was used including a povidone-iodine solution to sterilize the conjunctival surface and eyelids, sterile gloves, mask, drape, and eyelid speculum.
The transducer contact surface was covered with 10% Povidone-Iodine ointment/5% Povidone-Iodine solution, after which sterile technique was used to place the transducer into the metacarpophalangeal region of a sterile glove.
It is imperative to use sterile technique, which must include cap, gown, mask and sterile gloves.