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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.
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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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Scotland does seem to be ahead, and several managers of OEMs have noted that the Scottish government is working on a law that will make it mandatory to have all implants sterile packed. But, mostly OEMs are making the change themselves without waiting for any law," said Christophe Geisert, CEO of Geisert-Square GmbH, a company based in Donaueschingen, Germany, that provides development and manufacturing engineering of implants and instruments.
launched the single-use, sterile packed AlloMate Bone Pin System for the maintenance of alignment and fixation of bone fractures, osteotomies, arthrodesis, or bone grafts and may also be used to fill a void left after screw removal.
According to ECA Medical, the sterile-packed kit features a full complement of fixation instruments in a single sterile packed tray including proprietary and industry first cannulated torque-limiters, ratchets and fixed drivers.
* Sterilization (we provide turn-key products and solutions including sterile packed products using Gamma or EtO)