free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic:
sterile surgical instruments.
incapable of producing offspring; not producing offspring.
barren; not producing vegetation:
noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop.
bearing no stamens or pistils.
not productive of results, ideas, etc.; fruitless.
unable to produce offspring; infertile
free from living, esp pathogenic, microorganisms; aseptic
(of plants or their parts) not producing or bearing seeds, fruit, spores, stamens, or pistils
lacking inspiration or vitality; fruitless
(economics, US) (of gold) not being used to support credit creation or an increased money supply
early 15c., “barren” (implied in sterility), from Middle French stérile “not producing fruit,” from Latin sterilis “barren, unproductive,” from PIE *ster- “sterile, barren” originally “stiff, rigid” (cf. Greek steresthai “be deprived of,” steira “sterile,” stereos “firm, solid, stiff, hard;” Sanskrit starih “a barren cow;” Old Church Slavonic sterica “a barren cow;” Gothic stairo “barren;” Old Norse stirtla “a barren cow”). See torpor. Originally in English with reference to soil; of females, from 1530s. The sense of “sterilized” is first recorded 1877.
sterile ster·ile (stěr’əl, -īl’)
Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
Free from all live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores.
ster’ile·ness or ste·ril’i·ty (stə-rĭl’ĭ-tē) n.
Not able to produce offspring, seeds, or fruit; unable to reproduce.
Free from disease-causing microorganisms.
sterility noun (stə-rĭl’ĭ-tē)
444?–365? b.c, Greek philosopher: founder of the Cynic school. Historical Examples Hence we see that the difficulty started by Antisthenes and others equally unschooled (ἀπαίδευτοι) is not without pertinence. Aristotle George Grote From Antisthenes came the Cynics; from Aristippus the philosophers of pleasure. Initiation into Philosophy Emile Faguet The ugly and ill-shapen Crates of Thebes […]
antistreptococcic antistreptococcic an·ti·strep·to·coc·cic (ān’tē-strěp’tə-kŏk’sĭk, ān’tī-) adj. Destructive to streptococci or antagonistic to their toxins.
importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners. Synonyms: significance, meaning, emphasis, consequence; weight, value, worth. Phonetics. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance. Prosody. accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat. emphasis in […]
a vessel that can be submerged and navigated under water, usually built for warfare and armed with torpedoes or guided missiles. something situated or living under the surface of the sea, as a plant or animal. Chiefly Northeastern and North Midland U.S. a hero sandwich. situated, occurring, operating, or living under the surface of the […]