Definitions for sterileˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. sterile, unfertile, infertile(adj)

    incapable of reproducing

    "an infertile couple"

  2. aseptic, sterile(adj)

    free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms

    "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques"

  3. sterile, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive(adj)

    deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention

    "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. sterile(Adjective)

    Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

  2. sterile(Adjective)

    Unprofitable.

  3. sterile(Adjective)

    Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

  4. Origin: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Sterile(adj)

    producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year

  2. Sterile(adj)

    incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens

  3. Sterile(adj)

    free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid

  4. Sterile(adj)

    fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author

  5. Origin: [F. strile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair, fem., barren. See Stare to gaze.]

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  1. Sterile

    Devoid of living organisms.

Anagrams of sterile »

  1. leister, retiles

  2. Leister

  3. Retiles


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