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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·ness, ste·ril′i·ty (stə-rĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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|Noun||1.||sterileness - (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms|
sanitariness - the state of being conducive to health
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