Definition of infertile in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈfərdl/


1(Of a person, animal, or plant) unable to reproduce.
Example sentences
  • On the other hand, clinical cytogenetic studies of malformed and infertile dogs have been rather poorly developed.
  • ‘Twice we tried to mate her,’ says Pyarejan, who fears his elephant is infertile.
  • The sperm of the altered mice were less vigorous than normal, and the mice were completely infertile.
sterile, barren;
childless, unable to procreate/reproduce, impotent;
Medicine  infecund
1.1(Of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation.
Example sentences
  • Most Haitians live in rural areas as sharecroppers working infertile land.
  • However, many people find it difficult to sustain their families on small plots of infertile land.
  • These were farms so small or with such infertile land as to be unable to support a family at a minimum standard of living.


Late 16th century: from French, or from late Latin infertilis, from in- 'not' + fertilis (see fertile).

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Syllabification: in·fer·tile

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