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adjective in·fer·tile \(ˈ)in-ˈfər-təl\

: not able to reproduce : not able to produce children, young animals, etc.

: not suited for raising crops : unable to support the growth of plants

Full Definition of INFERTILE

:  not fertile or productive <infertile eggs> <infertile fields>; especially :  incapable of or unsuccessful in achieving pregnancy <infertile couples>
in·fer·til·i·ty \ˌin-(ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of INFERTILE

  1. <an infertile cow is of limited use to a farmer>
  2. <only parched, infertile fields remained after months of drought>


Middle French, from Late Latin infertilis, from Latin in- + fertilis fertile
First Known Use: 1597
INFERTILITY Defined for Kids


adjective in·fer·tile \in-ˈfər-təl\

Definition of INFERTILE for Kids

:  not fertile <infertile soil>
Medical Dictionary


adjective in·fer·tile \(ˈ)in-ˈfərt-əl\

Medical Definition of INFERTILE

:  not fertile; especially :  incapable of or unsuccessful in achieving pregnancy over a considerable period of time (as a year) in spite of determined attempts by heterosexual intercourse without contraception <infertile couples> <an infertile male with a low sperm count> <an infertile female with blocked fallopian tubes>—compare sterile 1
in·fer·til·i·ty \ˌin-(ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē\ noun, plural in·fer·til·i·ties


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