in·​fer·​tile | \ (ˈ)in-ˈfər-tᵊl How to pronounce infertile (audio) \

Definition of infertile

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

Other Words from infertile

infertility \ ˌin-​(ˌ)fər-​ˈti-​lə-​tē How to pronounce infertile (audio) \ noun

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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 on the Web Money off of breeding potential is not guaranteed; the first beagle to ever win best in show, Uno, was infertile. Christine Mui, Fortune, 23 June 2022 Tehya and Goliath recently bred and produced two eggs of their own, but both were infertile. Vanessa Etienne,, 22 June 2022 Tehya and Goliath were paired together to produce new offspring, but the couple had recently laid two infertile eggs. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2022 While most hybrid species survive into adulthood, some hybrid species like mules are infertile and others, like the liger—a mix between a lion and a tiger—are fertile. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 If pollination is poor, either fewer fruits will form in the first place, or the tree may shed more young fruits than normal because infertile fruits will not fully develop. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 2 June 2022 This is partly due to the fact that a lot of the territory in the western United States is either mountainous or dry and infertile, and wasn’t readily snatched up by homesteaders. al, 27 May 2022 Corey and Nicholas need IVF just as much as any other infertile couples who can’t make a baby together biologically. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, only 5-10% of infertile women have fibroids. Sarah Bradley,, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of infertile

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infertile

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

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“Infertile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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in·​fer·​tile | \ in-ˈfər-tᵊl How to pronounce infertile (audio) \

Kids Definition of infertile

: not fertile infertile soil


in·​fer·​tile | \ (ˈ)in-ˈfərt-ᵊl How to pronounce infertile (audio) \

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 sense 1

Other Words from infertile

infertility \ ˌin-​(ˌ)fər-​ˈtil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce infertile (audio) \ noun, plural infertilities

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