in·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty | \ˌin-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural incompatibilities

Definition of incompatibility 

1a : the quality or state of being incompatible

b : lack of interfertility between two plants

2 incompatibilities plural : mutually antagonistic things or qualities

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For women who are able to reintroduce their own tissue into their bodies after chemotherapy, this is not an issue—but for anyone reliant on donor tissue, problems ranging from follicle-ovary incompatibility to outright graft rejection may occur. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 During the deployment of the update, incompatibilities were detected. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 April 2018 Update now open to all, thanks to machine learning," 14 June 2018 What made the bicycle truly liberating was its fundamental incompatibility with many of the limits placed on women. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 But Milton wrote passionately and bravely in defense of divorce on the grounds of spousal incompatibility. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 But reproductive breeding researchers have made heroic attempts to circumvent the pitfalls of incompatibility. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018 The incompatibility works in reverse as well—Epic accounts previously associated with the Switch or Xbox One can't be used on the PS4 version. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony is locking Fortnite accounts to PS4, and players are mad," 14 June 2018 The condition most often arises when a woman with an Rh negative blood type becomes pregnant with a baby who has Rh positive blood, and the incompatibility causes the mother's body to reject the fetus's red blood cells. Amy B Wang, miamiherald, "Meet the man who has saved 2.4 million babies - but he's not allowed to save any more | Miami Herald," 13 May 2018 Plans to continue her career at the University of Florida fell victim to three stress fractures and incompatibility with the Gators’ coach. Mark Schmetzer,, "Glory Days: Roger Bacon's Sica cycles through stints with Marines, fitness and massage," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of incompatibility

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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in·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty | \ˌin-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\
plural incompatibilities

Kids Definition of incompatibility

: the quality or state of being incompatible software incompatibility


in·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty | \ˌin-kəm-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \
plural incompatibilities

Medical Definition of incompatibility 

: the quality or state of being incompatible chemical incompatibility

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