infertile

[in-fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl]
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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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impotence, barrenness, fruitless, sterile

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British Dictionary definitions for infertility

infertile

adjective
  1. not capable of producing offspring; sterile
  2. (of land) not productive; barren
Derived Formsinfertilely, adverbinfertility (ˌɪnfəˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for infertility
n.

c.1600, from Late Latin infertilitatem (nominative infertilitas), from infertilis (see 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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infertility in Medicine

infertility

[ĭn′fər-tĭlĭ-tē]
n.
  1. Absent or diminished fertility.
  2. The persistent inability to achieve conception and produce an offspring.

infertile

[ĭn-fûrtl]
adj.
  1. Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
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infertility in Science

infertility

[ĭn′fər-tĭlĭ-tē]
  1. The inability to achieve conception after persistent attempts over a given period of time, usually one year in humans.

infertile

[ĭn-fûrtl]
  1. Not capable of reproducing.
  2. Not capable of developing into a complete organism, as infertile eggs.
  3. Relating to soil or land that is not capable of supporting or is unfavorable to the growth of plants.
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