• WordNet 3.6
    • n sterility the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
    • n sterility (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mules are genetically sterile. i.e. they cannot reproduce.
    • Sterility (Biol) Quality of being sterile; infecundity; also, the state of being free from germs or spores.
    • Sterility The quality or condition 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 sterility The state or character of being sterile. Lack of fertility; unproductiveness; unfruitfulness, as of land, labor, etc.
    • n sterility Lack of fecundity; barrenness: said of animals or plants.
    • n sterility Fruitlessness; profitlessness.
    • n sterility Deficiency in ideas, sentiments, or expression; lack of richness or luxuriance, as in literary style; poverty; baldness; meagerness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between 20,000 and 60,000 bees live in a single hive. The queen bee lays nearly 1,500 eggs a day and lives for up to 2 years. The drone, whose only job is to mate with the queen bee, has a lifespan of around 24 days—he has no sting. Worker bees - all sterile females - usually work themselves to death within 40 days, collecting pollen and nectar. Worker bees will fly p to 9 miles to find pollen and nectar, flying at speeds as fast as 15 mph.
    • Sterility quality of being sterile: unfruitfulness, barrenness, in regard to reproduction
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sterilitas,: cf. F. stérilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. sterilis, barren.


In literature:

Such a marriage is not only sterile biologically, not only empty of the virtues of marriage, but encounters none of its difficulties.
"The Nervous Housewife" by Abraham Myerson
Reform exclusively as a moral protest and awakening is condemned to sterility.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
Expressiveness is often sterile; but it is sometimes fertile and capable of reproducing in representation the experience from which it sprang.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Yes, he had paid too, in the negative philosophy, the critical sterility, of his existence.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The women make a practice of drinking medicated waters to produce sterility.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The spirit of a barren sterile efficiency brooded everywhere.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Boil until of consistency of honey and place in sterilized jars or glasses.
"Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)" by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
In some of our state prisons men who are not considered fit to reproduce themselves are sterilized.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Indeed, I feel sure that I am right about sterility and Natural Selection.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
Of these two operations for the sterilization of men, vasectomy is preferable.
"The Fertility of the Unfit" by William Allan Chapple

In poetry:

O beautiful lips, O bosom
More white than the moon’s and warm,
A sterile, a ruinous blossom
Is blown your way in a storm.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Since then, a sterile-thoughted man
Had lorded it o'er Leawood fair,
Who as an errand-boy began,
And ended as a millionaire.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
Worth our watch, dull and sterile,
Worth all the weary time—
Worth the woe and the peril,
To stand in that strait sublime!
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Childless men although they prosper
Are praised only when they are up,
Sterile grace however lovely
Is a seed that yields no crop.
"Childless" by Anonymous Irish
Oh, drunken Wave! Oh, driving Cloud!
Rage of the Deep and sterile Rain,
By love upheld, by God allowed,
We go, but we return again!
"In the Matter of One Compass" by Rudyard Kipling
And what, methought, is Doubt at best?
A sterile wind through seeded sedge
Blowing for nought, an empty nest
That lingers in a leafless hedge.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Robot sterilizes hospital rooms with blasts of ultraviolet light.
New Sterile Finger Traps from ISI .
Grants fund research toward discovering a non-surgical pet sterilization procedure.
Use microwave to sterilize potting soil.
Heating soil can sterilize it for reuse.
Potential Loss of Sterility .
Routine internal testing conducted on this product found that some of these syringes may leak and lose sterility .
Exposure to syringes with a sterility issue could result in systemic infection, which may lead to serious injury and/or death.
More ways to sterilize soil.
Yet it's a sterile plant.
Cuts the high labor cost of traditional cultivation and sterilizing soil.
In the name of "religious freedom," the group opposes requiring employers to cover things like birth control and sterilizations.
Are you curious what's beyond the sterile bubble that is pop.
A $75 fee includes sterilization, vaccines and microchipping.

In science:

In this paper we discuss about the active-sterile electron neutrino conversion (νeL → νeR ) in the presence of a random magnetic field in early universe hot plasma and in supernova medium.
Neutrino propagation in a random magnetic field
In Section 2, we have derived the average The paper is organized as follows: probability equation for the active sterile/active (νa → νx ) neutrino conversion in the presence of a random fluctuation over the constant background magnetic field.
Neutrino propagation in a random magnetic field
For νeL → νeR process we assume that the right handed neutrino produced is sterile and decouple from the system.
Neutrino propagation in a random magnetic field
The right-handed electron neutrino being sterile stream away from the supernova core.
Neutrino propagation in a random magnetic field
Then solar and atmospheric neutrino oscillations can possibly be explained in terms of the three known flavours of neutrinos without invoking extra sterile species.
The Standard Model and Beyond