noun \(ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē\

: the ability to produce young

: the ability to support the growth of many plants

: the ability to produce many ideas

Full Definition of FERTILITY

:  the quality or state of being fertile
:  the birthrate of a population

Examples of FERTILITY

  1. She studied the effects of pollution on the fertility of the local fish population.
  2. The doctor ordered a test of his fertility.
  3. The area is known for its soil fertility.
  4. the fertility of his imagination

First Known Use of FERTILITY

15th century


noun \(ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural fer·til·i·ties

Medical Definition of FERTILITY

: the quality or state of being fertile
: the birthrate of a population—compare mortality 2b


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ability of an individual or couple to reproduce through normal sexual activity. About 90% of healthy, fertile women are able to conceive within one year if they have intercourse regularly without contraception. Normal fertility requires the production of enough healthy sperm by the male and viable eggs by the female, successful passage of the sperm through open ducts from the male testes to the female fallopian tubes, penetration of a healthy egg, and implantation of the fertilized egg in the lining of the uterus (see reproductive system). A problem with any of these steps can cause infertility.


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