[in-fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl]
- not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.
Origin of infertile
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Examples from the Web for infertile
The foundation, named after her mother, provides financial help to needy families that are infertile.Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction
November 24, 2014
All too often, infertile women are considered cursed, she said.IVF for Just $300 Could Be a Reality Soon
Randi Hutter Epstein
August 31, 2013
But most are not lingering in the foster care system because of a shortage of infertile people who want to be parents.Can Gay Marriage Solve Our Adoption Problem?
March 29, 2013
Indeed, many think that such uneasiness is an infertile ground to try to make a sale (or for relief of an unbearable urge).Could Graphic New Anti Smoking Ads Do More Harm?
March 16, 2012
According to Family Planning International, about 10 percent of all couples worldwide are or have been infertile.The Global Infertility Crisis
November 13, 2008
Seventh, the old queen, when infertile, cannot be removed or replaced.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
L. L. Langstroth
If the eggs still are infertile, the cock should be sold in the market.Profitable Squab Breeding
When the parts are deficient, the flowers are called barren or infertile.American Pomology
J. A. Warder
Infertile, not producing seed, or pollen, as the case may be.The Elements of Botany
Infertile eggs cannot heat because the germ has not been fertilized and can make no growth.The Dollar Hen
Milo M. Hastings
- not capable of producing offspring; sterile
- (of land) not productive; barren
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Word Origin and History for infertile
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Not capable of reproducing.
- Not capable of developing into a complete organism, as infertile eggs.
- Relating to soil or land that is not capable of supporting or is unfavorable to the growth of plants.
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