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ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪlster·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterile, unfertile, infertileadjective

    incapable of reproducing

    "an infertile couple"

  2. aseptic, sterileadjective

    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, uninventiveadjective

    deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention

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


  1. sterileadjective

    Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

  2. sterileadjective


  3. sterileadjective

    Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

  4. Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.


  1. sterile

    Sterile generally means free from living microorganisms, bacteria, or other forms of life often through a process of sterilization. It can also refer to an organism or environment that is incapable of producing offspring or new growth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sterileadjective

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

  2. Sterileadjective

    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. Sterileadjective

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

  4. Sterileadjective

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Sterile

    Devoid of living organisms.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sterile

    ster′il, adj. unfruitful: barren: (bot.) producing no pistil, or no spores: destitute of ideas or sentiment.—n. Sterilisā′tion, act of sterilising.—v.t. Ster′ilise, to cause to be fruitless: to destroy bacteria or other micro-organisms in.—ns. Ster′iliser, anything which sterilises; Steril′ity, quality of being sterile: unfruitfulness, barrenness, in regard to reproduction. [O. Fr.,—L. sterilis, barren.]


  1. Sterile

    not capable of reproducing its kind.

Anagrams for sterile »

  1. leister

  2. retiles

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterile in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sterile in a Sentence

  1. Health Minister Mam Bunheng:

    The Ministry of Health is ensuring health facilities to follow universal precautions and use clean and sterile equipment.

  2. Shanna Miko:

    If we can just do something as simple as boiling water or using sterile distilled water to reduce the risk, that’s something we’d like to share with people.

  3. Pfizer Inc:

    Sterile injectables are quite complex and costly to consistently manufacture.

  4. Jodi Sherman:

    Virtually everything is disposable, from linens to unused drugs that were opened and never administered. Probably every physician would agree they see enormous amounts of waste and disposables, and they just don’t know what to do about it, you certainly need to use sterile and disposable goods.

  5. Jodi Sherman:

    You certainly need to use sterile and disposable goods.

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