[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 infertility
The group studied was an altogether skewed collection of 21,276 Danish couples who had sought help in an infertility clinic.Does Fatherhood Make Men Healthier?
June 14, 2014
And part of the reason that women wait so long is that they falsely believe that IVF is the magic cure all for infertility.
“Gynecologists are not infertility specialists,” said Whelan.
The overall population growth in Africa—expected to double by 2050—masks an epidemic of infertility.IVF for Just $300 Could Be a Reality Soon
Randi Hutter Epstein
August 31, 2013
Where deafness and infertility and all manner of other impairments are far more common.Worried About Incurable Tuberculosis? Stand By for Incurable Everything.
March 12, 2013
But this cause has no bearing on the infertility of first unions.
He has boldly tried to make an ally of this bogey of the infertility of hybrids.The Making of Species
This conjecture do I make for the infertility which I perceive to be in that country.Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage
The infertility of rudimentary-winged females of Drosophila.Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila
Thomas Hunt Morgan
In the main, the cause of infertility, as with other fruits, is the impotency of pollen on the pistils of the same variety.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- not capable of producing offspring; sterile
- (of land) not productive; barren
Word Origin and History for infertility
c.1600, from Late Latin infertilitatem (nominative infertilitas), from infertilis (see infertile).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Absent or diminished fertility.
- The persistent inability to achieve conception and produce an offspring.
- Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
- The inability to achieve conception after persistent attempts over a given period of time, usually one year in humans.
- 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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