unfertilized

adjective
un·fer·til·ized | \ˌən-ˈfər-tə-ˌlīzd \

Definition of unfertilized 

: not made fertile : not fertilized an unfertilized egg unfertilized soil

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For starters, collecting unfertilized eggs is a harrowing business. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "How IVF might save northern white rhinos, the world's most endangered species," 4 July 2018 The unfertilized eggs become male drones that do nothing but inseminate the queen—quite literally, flying bags of semen. Ben Huberman, Longreads, "Changing of the Guard, Bee-Style," 22 Sep. 2017 Waste and unfertilized eggs left by the fish become part of the food chain, and some of the sucker fry swimming back to the lake are gobbled up by northern pike, muskie and great blue herons. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "Spying on suckers: Volunteers track migrations of native Great Lakes fish," 12 May 2017 This year, a team led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem finally produced haploid human embryonic stem cells by forcing unfertilized egg cells to divide. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Lab Divides Human Egg Cells," 19 Dec. 2016

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circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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unfertilized

adjective
un·fer·til·ized | \-ˈfərt-ᵊl-ˌīzd \

Medical Definition of unfertilized 

: not fertilized an unfertilized egg

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