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sterile

 [ster´il]
1. infertile (see infertility).
sterile technique aseptic technique.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ster·ile

(ster'il), Do not confuse this word with infertile or antiseptic.
Relating to or characterized by sterility.
[L. sterilis, barren]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

sterile

(stĕr′əl, -īl′)
adj.
1.
a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
b. Not producing or incapable of producing seed, fruit, spores, or other reproductive structures. Used of plants or their parts.
2. Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful: sterile land.
3. Free from live bacteria or other microorganisms: a sterile operating area; sterile instruments.

ster′ile·ly adv.
ster′ile·ness, ste·ril′i·ty (stə-rĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

sterile

adjective Referring to
1. An inability to produce children; inconceivable.
2. A product–gauze, surgical instruments–that has been packaged so as to have no organisms at the time it is opened.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ster·ile

(ster'il)
Relating to or characterized by sterility.
[L. sterilis, barren]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

sterile

1. Free from bacteria or other microorganisms.
2. Incapable of reproduction.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

sterile

  1. not capable of producing offspring.
  2. free from living microorganisms.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Sterile

Unable to conceive a child.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ster·ile

(ster'il)
Relating to or characterized by sterility.
[L. sterilis, barren]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about sterile

Q. Is it good to put alcohol on burns? If I get a burn- should I sterilize it with alcohol to prevent infections?

A. Tiffany is right...best to avoid alcohol. the treatment depends on the severity of the burn. here is a pamphlet about dealing with burns. very helpful!
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/firstaid/after-injury/638.html

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The SAL indicates there is less than one in one million chance that a sterile BD ChloraPrep applicator containing sterile solution will contain a single, viable microorganism following terminal sterilization of the ampoules through its new sterilization process.
The TMR report expects the North America sterile packaging market, which had a share of 36% in 2016, will retain its leading position in the near future as well.
The choice to use sterile gloves often stems from habit, product availability, or the perceived benefit of fewer SSIs.
Most of these entities are located within the sterile zone (under the array of laminar diffusers) except the scrubbing nurse and the back table.
If found, the significance of proving the sterile neutrino is huge.
These findings make a good clinical case for compulsory use of sterile gloves, but only when combined with meticulous attention to other elements of good technique, including hand washing, cleaning of the venepuncture site, wiping the top of culture bottles, and avoiding indwelling lines.
A stainless-steel air system uses steam purge and HEPA filters to deliver sterile blowing air.
Capable of significantly extending the shelf life of food products such as meat and poultry, the new sterile air filters have high flow rates and are at least 30 times more efficient than others in the same market.
Yet the sterile workers' genetic makeup didn't match that of their queens but represented the sort of mix expected from sexual reproduction.
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Tape strips from each pair of participants were placed over drops of sterile olive oil, adjacent to one another, on the surface of a Sabouraud's dextrose agar plate.