birth rate

variants: or birthrate \ ˈbərth-​ˌrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

Definition of birth rate

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

Examples of birth rate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some 150 million people live in the Sahel, nearly two-thirds under age 25, and the region has the highest birth rate in the world. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 The national birth rate also has been falling, as have the number of births in Cook County, including at hospitals and at other locations. Lisa Schencker,, "Labor and delivery units are closing at Chicago-area hospitals. Here’s why.," 3 Sep. 2019 The hospital was built in 1961 in response to a high birth rate in the southwestern suburbs in the 1960s, UH said. Ginger Christ,, "UH Parma closing labor and delivery by year end," 9 Aug. 2019 Like the rest of Italy overall, the region’s population has dwindled in recent years (to 305,000) due to younger residents leaving for opportunities in other countries and the birth rate flattening out. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Region of Italy Will Pay You Roughly $765 a Month to Live There," 11 Sep. 2019 The 2017 teen pregnancy birth rate experienced a 7% drop from the 2016 rate. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "15 Facts About Teen Pregnancy You Need to Know," 21 Aug. 2019 What has analysts concerned are the increasing numbers of retirees and decreasing birth rates. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Social Security myths you should never believe," 16 Sep. 2019 Monter attributed the decision to close labor and delivery to the declining birth rate and an aging population, as well as the need to maintain the skillsets of the staff. Ginger Christ,, "UH Parma closing labor and delivery by year end," 9 Aug. 2019 Gilead has rolled back carbon emissions and increased birth rates. Elena Nicolaou,, "We Finally Know How Much Time Has Passed In The Handmaid's Tale," 25 July 2019

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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birth·​rate | \ ˈbər-ˌthrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

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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something of little or no value

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