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


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

Origin of infertile

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

Related forms

in·fer·tile·ly, adverbin·fer·til·i·ty, in·fer·tile·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infertile


/ (ɪnˈfɜːtaɪl) /


not capable of producing offspring; sterile
(of land) not productive; barren

Derived Forms

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


[ ĭn-fûrtl ]


Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.

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Science definitions for 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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