birth rate

variants: or birthrate \ˈbərth-ˌrāt \

Definition of birth rate 

: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time

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Germany’s corporate birth rate is the lowest in any large European economy. The Economist, "Germany’s conservative economic model is being put to the test," 12 Apr. 2018 Economists say reform is necessary in order to offset the double-strain on the country’s economy of a growing number of retirees combined with the lower birth rates seen after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Elena Holodny /, NBC News, "Vladimir Putin's popularity dips amid retirement age proposal," 9 July 2018 The countries with the highest IVF birth rates are those where taxpayers pay for treatment. The Economist, "Carrot, a Silicon Valley startup, takes a novel approach to funding IVF," 28 June 2018 Deterrence no doubt played its part, but prosperity and a lower birth rate in Mexico almost certainly mattered more. The Economist, "How the West’s immigration policies clash with values," 21 June 2018 Statistics released a couple months ago showed that the U.S. birth rate is at its lowest in three decades, with its third annual decline in a row. David Meyer, Fortune, "U.S. Birth Rates Are Tumbling. If You Want to Know Why, Follow the Money," 6 July 2018 The birth rate in women 50 and up has stayed fairly steady. Sarah Klein,, "Brigitte Nielsen Is Pregnant at 54–Is That Even Safe?," 31 May 2018 The live birth rate among those with frozen embryos was 49%, compared to 50% among those with fresh embryos. Alice Park, Time, "Frozen Embryos Are Just as Good for IVF as Fresh Ones," 11 Jan. 2018 The finding showcases the long-term aging of the white population due to lower birth rates and shifts in where immigrants come from. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "Growth in Retiring Baby Boomers Strains U.S. Entitlement Programs," 21 June 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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birth·rate | \ˈbər-ˌthrāt \

Medical Definition of birthrate 

: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time often expressed as number of live births per hundred or per thousand population per year

called also natality

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