- A hospital room that has been prepped for surgery is an example of a room that is sterile.
- A man who has had a vasectomy is an example of someone who is sterile.
- Home landscaping that is boring is an example of sterile landscaping.
- incapable of producing others of its kind; barren
- producing little or nothing; unfruitful: sterile soil, a sterile policy
- lacking in interest or vitality; not stimulating or effective: a sterile style
- free from living microorganisms; esp., aseptic
- unable or failing to bear fruit or spores, as a plant, or to germinate, as a seed
- having stamens only, as a male flower, or having neither pistils nor stamens
Origin of sterileClassical Latin sterilis from Indo-European an unverified form ster-, barren (from source Classical Greek steira, barren, Old English stierc, calf), special use of base an unverified form ster-, stiff, rigid from source stare
- a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.b. Not producing or incapable of producing seed, fruit, spores, or other reproductive structures. Used of plants or their parts.
- Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful: sterile land.
- Free from live bacteria or other microorganisms: a sterile operating area; sterile instruments.
- Lacking imagination, creativity, or vitality.
- Lacking the power to function; not productive or effective; fruitless: a sterile discussion.
Origin of sterileMiddle English from Old French from Latin sterilis
- ster′ile·ness ste·ril′i·ty
(comparative more sterile, superlative most sterile)
From Middle French stÃ©rile, from Latin sterilis (“barren, futile"). See also Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„Îµá¿–ÏÎ± (steira).