infertile

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

Definition of infertile

:not fertile or productive
  • infertile eggs
  • infertile fields
; especially :incapable of or unsuccessful in achieving pregnancy
  • infertile couples

infertility

play \ˌin-(ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of infertile in a Sentence

  1. an infertile cow is of limited use to a farmer

  2. only parched, infertile fields remained after months of drought

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Origin and Etymology of infertile

Middle French, from Late Latin infertilis, from Latin in- + fertilis fertile


INFERTILE Defined for English Language Learners

infertile

adjective

Definition of infertile for English Language Learners

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

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


INFERTILE Defined for Kids

infertile

adjective in·fer·tile \ in-ˈfər-tᵊl \

Definition of infertile for Students

:not fertile
  • infertile soil

Medical Dictionary

infertile

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

infertility

play \ˌin-(ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē\ noun plural infertilities


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