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infertile

[in-fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] /ɪnˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/
adjective
1.
not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren:
infertile soil.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin infertilis. See in-3, fertile
Related forms
infertilely, adverb
infertility, infertileness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for in-fertile

infertile

/ɪnˈfɜːtaɪl/
adjective
1.
not capable of producing offspring; sterile
2.
(of land) not productive; barren
Derived Forms
infertilely, adverb
infertility (ˌɪnfəˈtɪlɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for in-fertile

infertile

adj.

1590s, from French infertile (late 15c.), from Late Latin infertilis "unfruitful," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fertilis (see fertile).

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in-fertile in Medicine

infertile in·fer·tile (ĭn-fûr'tl)
adj.
Incapable of producing offspring; sterile.

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in-fertile in Science
infertile
  (ĭn-fûr'tl)   
  1. Not capable of reproducing.

  2. Not capable of developing into a complete organism, as infertile eggs.

  3. Relating to soil or land that is not capable of supporting or is unfavorable to the growth of plants.


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