Sterileness

sterile

[ster-il or, esp. British, -ahyl]
adjective
1.
free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic: sterile surgical instruments.
2.
incapable of producing offspring; not producing offspring.
3.
barren; not producing vegetation: sterile soil.
4.
Botany.
a.
noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop.
b.
bearing no stamens or pistils.
5.
not productive of results, ideas, etc.; fruitless.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin sterilis unfruitful

sterilely, adverb
sterility [stuh-ril-i-tee] , sterileness, noun
antisterility, adjective
half-sterile, adjective
nonsterile, adjective
nonsterilely, adverb
nonsterility, noun
unsterile, adjective

1. impetus, impotence, sterility ; 2. impotence, sterility, sterilized.


2. infecund, unfruitful.


2, 3. fertile.
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sterile (ˈstɛraɪl)
 
adj
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]
 
'sterilely
 
adv
 
sterility
 
n

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sterile
1426, "barren" (implied in sterility), from M.Fr. stérile "not producing fruit," from L. sterilis "barren, unproductive," from PIE *ster- "sterile, barren" originally "stiff, rigid" (cf. Gk. steresthai "be deprived of," steira "sterile," stereos "firm, solid, stiff, hard;" Skt. starih "a barren
cow;" O.C.S. sterica "a barren cow;" Goth. stairo "barren;" O.N. stirtla "a barren cow"). See torpor. Originally in Eng. with ref. to soil; of females, from 1535. The sense of "sterilized" is first recorded 1877. Sterilize "destroy the fertility of" is from 1695 (in ref. to soil); of living things from 1828. Meaning "render free of microorganisms" is from 1878. Sterilization is from 1874.
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sterile ster·ile (stěr'əl, -īl')
adj.

  1. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.

  2. Free from all live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores.


ster'ile·ness or ste·ril'i·ty (stə-rĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
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sterile   (stěr'əl, stěr'īl')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Not able to produce offspring, seeds, or fruit; unable to reproduce.

  2. Free from disease-causing microorganisms.


sterility noun (stə-rĭl'ĭ-tē)
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