|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||unable to produce offspring; infertile|
|2.||free from living, esp pathogenic, microorganisms; aseptic|
|3.||(of plants or their parts) not producing or bearing seeds, fruit, spores, stamens, or pistils|
|4.||lacking inspiration or vitality; fruitless|
|5.||(US) economics (of gold) not being used to support credit creation or an increased money supply|
|[C16: from Latin sterilis]|
sterile ster·ile (stěr'əl, -īl')
Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
Free from all live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores.
|sterile (stěr'əl, stěr'īl') Pronunciation Key
sterility noun (stə-rĭl'ĭ-tē)