Dictionary » S » Sterile

Sterile

sterile

1. Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year.

2. (Science: biology) incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens. Free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid.

3. Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author.

Origin: F. Sterile, L. Sterilis, akin to Gr. Stereos stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. Stairo, fem, barren. See Stare to gaze. Incapable of reproducing; an infertile couple.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


Re: sterilization in microwave oven

... water bath to 'sterilize' needles for reuse and to 'sterilize' surgical instruments. It is innocence pure and simple with all authority for sterile in the title, NURSE. (Back in those days nurses were kept sterile by not allowing them to marry. Teachers and other professional women could ...

See entire post
by fdgsr
Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:13 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: sterilization in microwave oven
Replies: 29
Views: 100640

Re: Re:

... like typical bacterial finding and that if you have been ill for a long time, blood-borne bacterial infection sounds unlikely. Blood is normally sterile and if bacteria manage to persist there, the condition often escalates rapidly. But since bartonellosis can in some rare cases cause chronic ...

See entire post
by snowathlete
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: What do you think these are, in my blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 8618

Re: Re:

... like typical bacterial finding and that if you have been ill for a long time, blood-borne bacterial infection sounds unlikely. Blood is normally sterile and if bacteria manage to persist there, the condition often escalates rapidly. But since bartonellosis can in some rare cases cause chronic ...

See entire post
by biohazard
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:13 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: What do you think these are, in my blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 8618

Re: Please help me decide which microscope to buy

... far enough to see cells. However, an inverted scope is hard to beat for culture observations if you are working with flasks and need to keep them sterile during observation. If you need high-resolution images, down to the level of organelle structure, you will likely need to stain the cells anyway ...

See entire post
by jonmoulton
Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:00 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please help me decide which microscope to buy
Replies: 2
Views: 1494

Re: Speciation challenges the meaning of "beneficial mutation"

... Yes. It's not "unable to produce viable hybrids", but rather "reproductively isolated". Meaning that their hybrid offspring is sterile (like mule); or that they are geographically isolated and, therefore, cannot breed in nature even if they could when brought together (you cannot ...

See entire post
by wildfunguy
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Speciation challenges the meaning of "beneficial mutation"
Replies: 3
Views: 8599
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 13,274 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link