infertile

[ in-fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl ]
/ ɪnˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl /

adjective

not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.

Nearby words

  1. inferiorly,
  2. infernal,
  3. infernal machine,
  4. inferno,
  5. inferoanterior,
  6. infertility,
  7. infest,
  8. infestation,
  9. infeudation,
  10. infibulate

Origin of infertile

From the Latin word infertilis, dating back to 1590–1600. See in-3, fertile

Related formsin·fer·tile·ly, adverbin·fer·til·i·ty, in·fer·tile·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for infertile

infertile

/ (ɪnˈfɜːtaɪl) /

adjective

not capable of producing offspring; sterile
(of land) not productive; barren
Derived Formsinfertilely, adverbinfertility (ˌɪnfəˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for 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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Medicine definitions for infertile

infertile

[ ĭn-fûrtl ]

adj.

Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.

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Science definitions for infertile

infertile

[ ĭn-fûrtl ]

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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