Definition of unsterile in US English:



  • Not sterile; not sterilized.

    ‘unsterile needles’
    • ‘He believes that AIDS may have its origin in unsterile hypodermic needles and antibiotics.’
    • ‘Panicky use of unsterile needles may transmit HIV, hepatitis C, or other infections.’
    • ‘Unless the circulating nurse is in a sterile gown, the instrument tray can be contaminated by unsterile clothing.’
    • ‘The surgeon and circulating nurse place an unsterile U-shaped drape before the prep to isolate the perineal area from the surgical site.’
    • ‘I always have been taught that the back of the gown is considered unsterile and that personnel in sterile attire should not have their back to sterile supplies or fields.’