infertile

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

adjective

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

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Origin of infertile

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

OTHER WORDS FROM infertile

in·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 forms of infertile

infertilely, adverbinfertility (ˌɪnfəˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for infertile

infertile
[ ĭn-fûrtl ]

adj.

Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
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Scientific 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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