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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 of infertile
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin infertilis. See in-3, fertile
Related forms
infertilely, adverb
infertility, infertileness, noun
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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 infertility
n.

c.1600, from Late Latin infertilitatem (nominative infertilitas), from infertilis (see infertile).

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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infertility in Medicine

infertility in·fer·til·i·ty (ĭn'fər-tĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. Absent or diminished fertility.

  2. The persistent inability to achieve conception and produce an offspring.

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

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infertility in Science
infertility
  (ĭn'fər-tĭl'ĭ-tē)   
The inability to achieve conception after persistent attempts over a given period of time, usually one year in humans.
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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