Definition of sterility noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stəˈrɪləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stəˈrɪləti//
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  1. 1the fact of not being able to produce children or young animals synonym infertility The disease can cause sterility in men and women. compare fertility
  2. 2the fact of not producing any useful result the meaningless sterility of statistics the sterility of debate in the party She contemplated the sterility of her existence.
  3. 3a lack of individual personality, imagination or new ideas a searing critique of the sterility of modern culture
  4. 4the state of being completely clean and free from bacteria Ozone is injected into the water to ensure its sterility.