AskDefine | Define sterile

Dictionary Definition

sterile adj
1 incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple" [syn: unfertile, infertile] [ant: fertile]
2 free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms; "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques" [syn: aseptic]
3 deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention; "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing" [syn: unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. unable to reproduce (or procreate).
  2. unprofitable.



unable to reproduce


Extensive Definition

The term Sterility has several meanings:
sterile in Spanish: Estéril
sterile in Indonesian: Steril
sterile in French: Stérilité (homonymie)
sterile in Portuguese: Estéril
sterile in Danish: steril
sterile in Swedish: sterilitet

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