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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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