[in-urt, ih-nurt] /ɪnˈɜrt, ɪˈnɜrt/

having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance (opposed to ):
inert matter.
Chemistry. having little or no ability to react, as nitrogen that occurs uncombined in the atmosphere.
Pharmacology. having no pharmacological action, as the excipient of a pill.
inactive or sluggish by habit or nature.
having no inherent ability to move or to resist motion
inactive, lazy, or sluggish
having only a limited ability to react chemically; unreactive

1640s, from French inerte (16c.) or directly from Latin inertem (nominative iners) “unskilled, inactive, helpless, sluggish, worthless,” from in- “without” + ars (genitive artis) “skill” (see art (n.)). Originally of matter; specifically of gases from 1885. Of persons or creatures, from 1774.

inert in·ert (ĭn-ûrt’)

Not chemically reactive.


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