Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sterile”

See all translations

sterile

adjective uk   /ˈster.aɪl/ us    /-əl/

sterile adjective (UNABLE TO PRODUCE)

(of a living being) unable to produce young, or (of land) unable to produce plants or crops: Mules are usually sterile. One of the side effects of the drug could be to make men sterile. having no imagination, new ideas, or energy: a sterile argument

sterile adjective (CLEAN)

completely clean and free from dirt and bacteria: The operation must be carried out under sterile conditions.
(Definition of sterile from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sterile?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sterile” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More