“nonsterile gloves and sterile obstetric and surgical gloves were depleted or absent in all four counties,” the report reads.
early 15c., "barren" (implied in sterility), from Middle French stérile "not producing fruit," from Latin sterilis "barren, unproductive," from PIE *ster- "sterile, barren" originally "stiff, rigid" (cf. Greek steresthai "be deprived of," steira "sterile," stereos "firm, solid, stiff, hard;" Sanskrit starih "a barren cow;" Old Church Slavonic sterica "a barren cow;" Gothic stairo "barren;" Old Norse stirtla "a barren cow"). See torpor. Originally in English with reference to soil; of females, from 1530s. The sense of "sterilized" is first recorded 1877.
sterile ster·ile (stěr'əl, -īl')
Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
Free from all live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores.