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INFERTILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does infertility mean? 

INFERTILITY (noun)
  The noun INFERTILITY has 1 sense:

1. 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

  Familiarity information: INFERTILITY used as a noun is very rare.


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INFERTILITY (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

infertility; sterility

Hypernyms ("infertility" is a kind of...):

physiological condition; physiological state (the state of the body or bodily functions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "infertility"):

impotence; impotency (an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate)

barrenness (the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children)

cacogenesis (inability to produce hybrids that are both viable and fertile)

dysgenesis (infertility between hybrids)

Antonym:

fertility (the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring)


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