- noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop.
- bearing no stamens or pistils.
- steric hindrance,
- sterile cyst,
Origin of sterile
Examples from the Web for sterility
Six months of sterility results, after which normal fertility returns.Men, Ice Your Balls To Make Babies—and Other Male Fertility Fixes|Tom Sykes|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They already understood, argued Hayden, “the sterility of liberals.”The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism|Fred Siegel|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In adults, lead overload can lead to miscarriages and birth defects, as well as sterility.
This woman had been married three or four years and consulted me on account of her sterility.
The revolt, however, with all the sincere enthusiasm it inspired, was condemned to sterility.The Promise Of American Life|Herbert David Croly
Courbet learned in his passage that in adaptation is the confession of sterility.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
Sterility falls short of the idea—a hungry, vitriolic gravel.Makers of Modern Agriculture|William Macdonald
Democracy, they tell us, is afflicted by mediocrity and by sterility.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
And so also was it with the dullness and sterility that prevailed in the intellectual world.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Word Origin for sterile
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.