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  • adj. Not sterile


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un- +‎ sterile


  • People who used intravenous drugs, snorted cocaine with a shared straw, or had an unsterile tattoo or body piercing could be infected with hepatitis C and not realize it.

    Health Danger of Parties Past

  • Very lucky, I was told, considering the unsterile nature of goldfish ponds.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff

  • Any nurse would know the consequences for a patient: pain during surgery and possibly serious infection from unsterile saline, he said.

    ProPublica: Problem Nurses Stay on the Job As Patients Suffer

  • Some were lucky and got skilled doctors; others had physical problems for years thanks to unsterile conditions or unskilled providers, and the unluckiest of all died at the hands of such people.

    Caryl Rivers: Backsliding on Roe

  • Anyone who has worked in a hospital, shared cocaine straws or had ears pierced with unsterile equipment is also at risk.

    Do You Have Hepatitis C?

  • I would defy them to ask this question of any woman who has undergone unaneasthetized, unsterile genital mutilation at the hands of her own family.

    The Gor books

  • She visits a back street abortionist, where an unsterile knitting needle is inserted into her vagina.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Last week the Herald said that there was a danger that unsterile implements were being used in at least three hospitals because a coal shortage meant that autoclaving machines were not functioning.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • There are subtle differences: powdered, non-powdered; sterile, unsterile.

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2001

  • WARNING: Hepatitis can also be transmitted by giving injections with unsterile needles.

    Chapter 20


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