• WordNet 3.6
    • n sterilization the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
    • n sterilization the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mules are genetically sterile. i.e. they cannot reproduce.
    • n Sterilization (Biol) The act or process of sterilizing, or rendering sterile; also, the state of being sterile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Crews, using solvent-dipped sterile gauze pads, eventually freed her legs, hands and extremities. She refused to be taken to the hospital.
    • n sterilization The act or operation of making sterile; specifically, the process of freeing from living germs. Also spelled sterilisation.
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  • Albert Camus
    “The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.”
  • Max Lerner
    “We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.”


In literature:

Sterile aspect of the Coast.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
When sterilized milk is to be thus diluted, the water should be first boiled or added before sterilizing.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
Marls, shales, and sandstones, of all tints, were strewn and piled into a variegated vista of sterile splendor.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
On the whole, the neighbourhood of Jerusalem is very desolate, barren, and sterile.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
These hills are slightly covered with grass and small brush wood, but the general appearance was that of great sterility.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
A rivulet flowed through the village, and meandered by our side, among the half sterile meadows.
"A Residence in France" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Sterile moors crossed by the party.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
The same render account of 13 calves born this year from cows, because the rest were sterile.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
To sterilize jars and tops, place in a pan of cold water, allow water to come to a boil and stand in hot water one hour.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
This is notably the case as regards sterility.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Sterilize all utensils, jars, covers, etc., by covering with cold water, and boil for 10 minutes.
"The New Dr. Price Cookbook" by Anonymous
If he had been devoid of this feeling about women, his character might very possibly have remained sterile.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
The coast was more sterile, and appeared uninhabited.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Various animals and plants become sterile when domesticated or supplied with too much nourishment.
"Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?" by William Platt Ball
For more than a month, I carefully watched this experiment, made on a large scale; but much to my surprise, all the queens remained sterile.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
In this variety the flowers have all become sterile and enlarged.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
Sterile years precede productive periods, to be followed by more barren years.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
What boots their sterile faith?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
To sterilize a substance or thing is to destroy all life and sources of life in and about it.
"Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation" by Maria Parloa
Sterile has been your womb as a warning to you, and other lessons, tremendous and desolating, have you yet to learn.
"The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin" by Emilia Pardo Bazán

In poetry:

The more it blew, the more they faced the gale;
The more it snowed, the more they would not freeze;
And when crops failed on sterile hill and vale--
They went to reap the seas!
"Arms And The Man - The New England Group" by James Barron Hope
The age grew sated with her sterile wit.
Herself waxed weary on her loveless throne.
Men felt life's tide, the sweep and surge of it,
And craved a living voice, a natural tone.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
By footless ways and sterile went
My thought unsatisfied, and bent
With blank unspeculative eyes
On the untracked sands of discontent
Where, watched of helpless skies,
Life hopeless lies.
"On The Downs" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Deathless shall be the death, the name be nameless;
Sterile of stars his twilight time of breath;
With fire of hell shall shame consume him shameless,
And dying, all the night darken his death.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A look, a pressure of the hand,
A sign of hope, a song of cheer,
May journey over sea and land,
Outliving many a sterile year,
To find at last the destined hour
When they shall leap to bud and flower.
"Influence" by John Lawson Stoddard
Shelley dreamed it. Now the dream decays.
The props crumble; the familiar ways
Are stale with tears trodden underfoot.
The heart's flower withers at the root.
Bury it then, in history's sterile dust.
The slow years shall tame your tawny lust.
"Song at the Year's Turning" by R S Thomas

In news:

Medical-Grade PVC Film Withstands Gamma Sterilization.
Long used for upper extremity traction, Nylon Finger Traps provide traction as well as comfort to the patient ISI now has individually packaged Sterile Finger Traps, ideal for the OR.
An early 20th-Century poster touts the made-up story of Ada Jukes to advocate for 'eugenic' sterilization.
Some mohels take steps to create a sterile field, just as surgeons do (the tradition of cleaning the cut with a mouthful of wine is no longer practiced by most reputable mohels ).
"If someone can't afford to get their pet sterilized , chances are they may not have the transportation resources to get them to the clinic either, even on free sterilization days," says McGowan.
Is a group that pays addicts to be sterilized defending children or exploiting the vulnerable.
But the walls, while being rich with color, managed to feel sterile in the absence of decor.
Gov Bev Perdue is asking victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program to come forward as she puts together a budget that includes compensation for them.
Retailers moving into sterile compounding could encounter more complex legal, regulatory environment.
Tucson News NowHealth Robotics @ ASHP 2012: Focus on Sterile Compounding Insourcing, and i.v.STATION ONCO. Health Robotics @ ASHP 2012: Focus on Sterile Compounding Insourcing, and i.v.STATION ONCO.
The two connectors have been united into a single unit via a sanitary clamp, creating a combination product that allows an AseptiQuik sterile connection to be steamed in place (SIP) onto stainless equipment.
Federal health inspectors have found more than a dozen sterility problems, including insects, at a drugmaking facility with the same founders as the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.
It's important to sterilize male cats, too, to prevent fighting, spraying and wandering.
Do Glass Bead Sterilizers Really Work.

In science:

In the seesaw model the mixing is negligibly small, and the (mainly) sterile eigenstates are too heavy to be relevant to oscillations.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
Another involves sterile neutrinos associated with a parallel hidden sector of nature, as suggested in some superstring and supergravity theories.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
The extra sterile neutrino may be of importance for big bang nucleosynthesis.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
It has long been known that sterile neutrinos could be generated in equilibrium numbers by mixing with active neutrinos prior to nucleosynthesis for a wide range of ∆m2 and sin2 2θ.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
In particular, it was believed that neff sterile ∼ 1 for mixing parameters corresponding to atmospheric νµ→νs oscillations, in conflict with (19). (The recent Super K data also directly exclude pure νµ→νs ).
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
Foot and Volkas and others have recently reexamined the effects of sterile neutrinos on nucleosynthesis, and argued that they could actually decrease N eff ν .
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
The net result is that the bounds on active-sterile mixing may be weakened, especially for small mixing.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
It has been argued that active-sterile conversions could solve the r-process problem by the sequence of νµ→νs followed by νe→νµ . • One expects a supernova in our galaxy on average every 30-100 years.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
There is a SMA solution for transitions to sterile neutrinos, but no viable analogs of the other regions.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
All of the analyses, which had slightly different inputs, favor the LMA solution, with the SMA, LOW, vacuum, and pure sterile (with parameters in the SMA range) solutions disfavored to various extents, depending on the analysis.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
It is possible that SuperK will be able to observe τ appearance at the 2-3σ level, further constraining the sterile neutrino scenarios.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
Since the Z lineshape only allows three light active neutrinos, this would imply the need for a light sterile neutrino mixing with the active ones.
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
However, an additional sterile neutrino (νs ) can easily explain all the oscillations.
Tau2000 Conference Summary
Barring exotic neutrino conversion mechanisms the hint of the LSND experiment together with the solar and atmospheric data require three mass scales, hence the need for a fourth light neutrino, which must be sterile (Peltoniemi 1993, Caldwell 1993, Liu 1998, Hirsch 2000, Giunti 2000).
Status of Neutrino Oscillations
If light sterile neutrinos exist they should be probed at neutral-current-sensitive solar & atmospheric neutrino experiments such as SNO (Gonzalez-Garcia 2000c).
Status of Neutrino Oscillations