Definitions for sterileˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ster•ileˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl(adj.)

  1. free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic.

    Category: Microbiology

  2. incapable of producing offspring; infertile.

    Category: Microbiology

  3. barren; not producing vegetation:

    sterile soil.

    Category: Microbiology

  4. noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop. bearing no stamens or pistils.

    Category: Botany

  5. not productive of results, ideas, etc.; fruitless.

Origin of sterile:

1545–55; < L sterilis

ste•ril•i•tystəˈrɪl ɪ ti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sterile(adjective)ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

    with no bacteria

    a sterile operating room

  2. sterileˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

    not able to have babies

    tests to find out if he is sterile

  3. sterileˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

    not interesting or imaginative

    a sterile debate


  1. sterile(Adjective)

    Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

  2. sterile(Adjective)


  3. sterile(Adjective)

    Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

  4. Origin: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

Webster Dictionary

  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


  1. Sterile

    Devoid of living organisms.

Anagrams of sterile

  1. leister, retiles

  2. Leister

  3. Retiles

Translations for sterile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of soil, plants, humans and other animals) unable to produce crops, seeds, children or young.

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