Definition of infertile
: not fertile or productive infertile eggs infertile fields; especially : incapable of or unsuccessful in achieving pregnancy infertile couples
infertilityplay \ˌin-(ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē\ noun
Examples of infertile in a Sentence
an infertile cow is of limited use to a farmer
only parched, infertile fields remained after months of drought
Recent Examples of infertile from the Web
The Nature Conservancy considered nonlethal methods like giving contraceptives to the swine, but that would just get you an island of hell-raising, infertile pigs—
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Origin and Etymology of infertile
Middle French, from Late Latin infertilis, from Latin in- + fertilis fertile
First Known Use: 1597See Words from the same year
INFERTILE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of infertile for Students
: not fertile infertile soil
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\ˌin-(ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē\play noun plural
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