Definition of 'sterile'
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The countryside is too sterile to support many native birds. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The mice that thrived on it had to be kept in a sterile environment. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Training will become sterile and troops not fully prepared. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The act itself is done in almost sterile conditions. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But it does them absolutely no good to be in a sterile environment. The Sun (2012)Initially, the doctors were reluctant to allow me to enter her sterile room. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This kind of drama has become artificially sterile, wasteful of good technicians and fine actors. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It should be administered in extremely clean, sterile conditions. The Sun (2010)We want to get away from having a sterile environment where you keep animals alive but it's boring for them. The Sun (2014)Our relationship was emotionally sterile. Christianity Today (2000)I find the argument on whether charities should be involved in the delivery of public services rather a sterile one. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I remember only the dramatically sterile environment, the horrible grey lights. Times, Sunday Times (2007)That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a rather small and sterile accomplishment. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Also, it makes it more fun than a typical, sterile studio environment. The Sun (2012)The umbilical cord and blood samples are taken out in a sterile room, documented and then checked for infections before being moved into a second sterile room. The Sun (2014)I had my ear pierced years ago - maybe the needle wasn't sterile. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I'm pleased to learn they're manufactured to high standards in a sterile environment. The Sun (2013)The only difference is that instead of cutting yourself with a dirty razor, you're doing it in a sterile environment under general anaesthetic. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We've got photos of him in his bouncing chair in hospital, sat beneath a plastic cover to keep his environment sterile and free from germs. The Sun (2007)
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Translations for 'sterile'
British English: sterile /ˈstɛraɪl/ ADJECTIVE
Something that is sterile is completely clean and free of germs.
...a sterile needle.
- American English: sterile
- Arabic: عَقِيمُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: estéril
- Chinese: 贫脊的
- Croatian: sterilan
- Czech: sterilní
- Danish: steril
- Dutch: steriel
- European Spanish: estéril esterilizado
- Finnish: steriili
- French: stérile
- German: steril
- Greek: στείρος
- Italian: sterile
- Japanese: 滅菌した
- Korean: 균이 없는
- Norwegian: steril
- Polish: sterylny
- European Portuguese: estéril
- Romanian: steril
- Russian: стерильный
- Spanish: estéril
- Swedish: steril
- Thai: ปราศจากเชื้อ
- Turkish: steril
- Ukrainian: стерильний
- Vietnamese: vô trùng
Definition of sterile from the Collins English Dictionary
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