sterility

Primary Meanings of sterility

1.
n
(of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
2.
n
the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
Full Definitions of sterility
1

n (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms

Synonyms:
antisepsis, asepsis, sterileness
Type of:
sanitariness
the state of being conducive to health
2

n the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate

Synonyms:
infertility
Antonyms:
fecundity, fertility
the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring
Types:
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impotence, impotency
an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate
barrenness
the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
cacogenesis
inability to produce hybrids that are both viable and fertile
dysgenesis
infertility between hybrids
ED, erectile dysfunction, male erecticle dysfunction
impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
Type of:
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

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