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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.

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

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.

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
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"

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

sterile

adjective
1. Unable to produce offspring:
2. Lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops:
3. Free or freed from microorganisms:
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

sterile

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

sterile

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

sterile

[ˈstɛraɪl] adjsterile

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

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

ster·ile

a. estéril.
1. que no es fértil;
2. aséptico-a; que no contiene ni produce microorganismos.

sterile

adj estéril, aséptico; (persona) infértil, estéril
References in classic literature ?
Why do you stay up there in that sterile place and go hungry?
She is a sterile flower, you know- like some strawberry blossoms.
It really seemed that Sonya did not feel her position trying, and had grown quite reconciled to her lot as a sterile flower.
What, it may naturally be asked, was the character of the vegetation at that period; was the country as wretchedly sterile as it now is?
Andrew Smith, who, at the head of his adventurous party, has lately succeeded in passing the Tropic of Capricorn, informs me that, taking into consideration the whole of the southern part of Africa, there can be no doubt of its being a sterile country.
The Tinochorus is found in the whole of southern South America, wherever there are sterile plains, or open dry pasture land.
He early began to lavish his abuse on the sterile grounds they passed, and gave any thing but encomiums on the smoothness of the road they were travelling.
He had traced through cold and heat, across the deeps of the oceans, with instruments of his own invention, over the inhospitable heart of the polar ice and the sterile visage of the deserts, league by league, patiently, unweariedly, remorselessly, from their ever-shifting cradle under the magnetic pole to their exalted death-bed in the utmost ether of the upper atmosphere each one of the Isoconical Tellurions Lavalle's Curves, as we call them today.
It stands a little way off the loneliest reach of the Marshall and Harriston road, in an opening which was once a farm and is still disfigured with strips of rotting fence and half covered with brambles overrunning a stony and sterile soil long unacquainted with the plow.
Fourthly, how can we account for species, when crossed, being sterile and producing sterile offspring, whereas, when varieties are crossed, their fertility is unimpaired?
Proceeding down along the Popo Agie, Captain Bonneville came again in full view of the "Bluffs," as they are called, extending from the base of the Wind River Mountains far away to the east, and presenting to the eye a confusion of hills and cliffs of red sandstone, some peaked and angular, some round, some broken into crags and precipices, and piled up in fantastic masses; but all naked and sterile.
Set of clothes sterile for sterile use by surgical personnel during surgical interventions, manipulations and procedures to prevent the spread of infectious agents between the patient and surgical staff in order to prevent postoperative complications and intra-hospital infections; for sterile use by surgical personnel during surgical interventions, manipulations and procedures to prevent the spread of pathogens of infectious diseases between the patient and surgical personnel in order to prevent postoperative complications and intrahospital infections, mask medical disposable non-sterile three-layer on wide flat elastic elastic bands.