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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By June, though, the birth rate in medical clinics had remained relatively steady, and only a handful of babies have been found left behind. Washington Post, "Silent pain: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge," 5 July 2018 What’s also interesting is the mismatch between the declining birth rate and the economy, which is booming. David Meyer, Fortune, "Baby Booms and Strong Economies Usually Go Hand-in Hand. So Why Did U.S. Fertility Just Hit a Record Low?," 17 May 2018 The teen birth rate dropped 41 percent from 2010 to 2016, Kaiser noted. Stephanie Ebbert,, "In Massachusetts, no one wants to talk about sex ed," 8 May 2018 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

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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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