from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Absent or diminished fertility.
  • n. The persistent inability to conceive a child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being infertile; of having poor fertility.
  • n. The inability to conceive children.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being infertile; unproductiveness; barrenness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being infertile; unproductiveness; barrenness: as, the infertility of land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate


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  • The story starts with Ms. Kuczynski's infertility, which is genuinely piteous, but quickly goes wrong, as she and her husband decide to hire a woman to carry their child and review applications from women with available wombs.

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  • (And, as my M.D. sister pointed out, they apparently have a simple means of testing for female infertility, which is extraordinarily difficult given the myriad possible forms of female infertility.)

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