|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)
the inability of a couple to conceive and reproduce. Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year of regular intercourse without contraception or the inability of a woman to carry a pregnancy to a live birth. Infertility can affect either the male or the female and can result from a number of causes. About 1 in every 10 couples is infertile, or somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of the population
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