Definition of infertile in English:


Line breaks: in|fer¦tile
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfəːtʌɪl


  • 1(Of a person, animal, or plant) unable to reproduce itself; unable to have young: infertile couples are offered specialist advice
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    • 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.
  • 1.1(Of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation: barren and infertile soils
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    • 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.
    barren, non-fertile, unfruitful, unproductive, non-productive, uncultivatable, lifeless, sterile, impoverished, arid
    rare unfructuous



Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪlɪti/
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  • Imagine being barren in a society where infertility is a virtual taboo and carrying on the family line is all important.
  • Much female infertility is caused by conditions such as Polycystic Ovaries, Endometriosis or Chlamydia.
  • Is the growing number of older people rushing to infertility clinics an indicator of rising infertility?


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

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