What does the word sterile mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Having no reproductive power; barren.

Usage examples for sterile

  1. The outer layers are dead wood and the kernels sterile. – An American at Oxford by John Corbin
  2. She was there, sitting quietly before a large, round, shining centre- table, whose sterile emptiness was relieved only by a shaded lamp and a large black and gilt open volume. – The Argonauts of North Liberty by Bret Harte
  3. It is generally satisfactory to wrap the cord in one of the sterile gauze sponges which has been previously soaked in alcohol. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
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