[ster-il or, esp. British, -ahyl] /ˈstɛr ɪl or, esp. British, -aɪl/
free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic:
sterile surgical instruments.
incapable of producing offspring; not producing offspring.
barren; not producing vegetation:
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’)
ster’ile·ness or ste·ril’i·ty (stə-rĭl’ĭ-tē) n.
sterility noun (stə-rĭl’ĭ-tē)
[non-ste-roid-l, -sti-] /ˌnɒn stɛˈrɔɪd l, -stɪ-/ Pharmacology adjective 1. of or relating to a substance that is not a steroid but has certain similar physiological effects. noun 2. any such substance, especially a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, as ibuprofen. nonsteroidal non·ste·roi·dal (nŏn’stĭ-roid’l, -stě-) or non·ster·oid (nŏn-stēr’oid, -stěr’-) adj. Not being or containing a steroid. n. A […]
[non-stik] /ˈnɒnˌstɪk/ adjective 1. having or providing a finish designed to prevent food from during cooking or baking: a nonstick saucepan; a nonstick cooking spray. /ˈnɒnˈstɪk/ adjective 1. (of saucepans, frying pans, etc) coated with a substance such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) that prevents food sticking to them
[stik-ee] /ˈstɪk i/ adjective, stickier, stickiest. 1. having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive. 2. covered with adhesive or viscid matter: sticky hands. 3. (of the weather or climate) hot and humid: It was an unbearably sticky day. 4. requiring careful treatment; awkwardly difficult: a rather sticky diplomatic problem; Breaking the news is going […]
/nɒnˌstɔɪkɪəˈmɛtrɪk/ adjective 1. (chem) (of a solid compound) having a composition in which the ratio of the atoms present is not a simple integer