Translation of sterile in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈsterəl; ˈsteraɪl/


  • 1 1.1 [person/animal/land] estéril, yermo [literary/literario]
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    • As the experiment was designed to assess the effect of mating on female egg fertility, it was important to remove sterile females from the data set.
    • The ratter kills young and old, male and female, pregnant and sterile with the same compassionless urge.
    • Those adults that do survive are extremely sickly; the females were invariably sterile and the males bred very poorly.
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    • Hester remains in Boston, and goes to live on a remote peninsula of the town in an abandoned cottage where the land is too sterile to support a family.
    • The sturdy roots dug deep into unyielding rocks and drew nourishment from the seemingly sterile soil.
    • Unless your soil is actually sterile, which is rare, it is recommended that you use your soil as you find it.
    1.2 [argument/discussion/task] estéril
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    • Discussions are sometimes abusive and unpleasant, and often sterile and unproductive, with most people adhering rigidly to their long-entrenched prejudices.
    • It becomes sterile - lacking joy, awe and a sense of God.
    • Personally, I have long ceased listening to either its presentation by the Finance Minister, or the sterile debate that follows.
  • 2 (germ-free) [solution/dressing] estéril
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    • Open fractures need to be cleaned thoroughly in the sterile environment of the operating room before they're set because the bone's exposure to the air poses a risk of infection.
    • The closure threatens the supply of clean, sterile needles to local intravenous drug users.
    • They also provide sterile syringes and needles, as well as management of overdoses by medical personnel when necessary.

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