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Meaning of STERILE

Pronunciation:  'sterIl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention:i"a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing"
  2. [adj]  not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"
  3. [adj]  free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms; "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques"

STERILE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: antiseptic, aseptic, barren, infertile, uncreative, unfertile, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ster"ile\, a. [F. st['e]rile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr.
stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that
has not calved, Goth. stair[=o], fem., barren. See {Stare} to
1. Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful;
   unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile
   desert; a sterile year.

2. (Biol.)
   (a) Incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction
       of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit;
       unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only
   (b) Free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile

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

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Unable to produce children.