sterile Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"sterile" in British English

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sterileadjective

uk   /ˈster.aɪl/  us   /-əl/

sterile adjective (UNABLE TO PRODUCE)

(of a ​living being) ​unable to ​produceyoung, or (of ​land) ​unable to ​produceplants or ​crops: Mules are usually sterile. One of the ​sideeffects of the ​drug could be to make men sterile. having no ​imagination, new ​ideas, or ​energy: a sterile ​argument

sterile adjective (CLEAN)

completelyclean and ​free from ​dirt and ​bacteria: The ​operation must be ​carried out under sterile ​conditions.
(Definition of sterile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sterile" in American English

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sterileadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈster·əl/

sterile adjective [not gradable] (UNABLE TO PRODUCE)

(of a ​person or ​animal) ​unable to ​produceyoung, or of ​landunable to ​produceplants or ​crops: It was a ​smalloasissurrounded by sterile ​desert.

sterile adjective [not gradable] (WITHOUT BACTERIA)

free from ​bacteria: Medical ​equipment must be ​kept sterile.

sterile adjective [not gradable] (LACKING)

lacking in ​imagination, ​ideas, or ​enthusiasm: Suburban ​housing developments are often sterile ​environments.
(Definition of sterile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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