fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce fertility (audio) \

Definition of fertility

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

Examples of fertility in a Sentence

She studied the effects of pollution on the fertility of the local fish population. The doctor ordered a test of his fertility. The area is known for its soil fertility. the fertility of his imagination
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Samantha McConnell, 46, became a mom aged 40 when her daughter Grace was born thanks to a $13,000 course of fertility treatment. Sarah Lumley | Swns, Fox News, "Mom diagnosed with 2 cancers given weeks to live," 21 Sep. 2018 Consider the fertility corner of the femtech world. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 Carrie Underwood's recent comments about fertility have angered some of her fans. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Carrie Underwood angers fans with comments about fertility," 6 Aug. 2018 To the contrary, the science on female fertility is slowly catching up with the document. Ashley Mcguire, WSJ, "The Controversial Text That Saved Me," 26 July 2018 The drop in fertility could threaten the Baka people’s chances of survival over time, Ramirez Rozzi says. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "After a bar opens, the Baka pygmies of Cameroon have fewer babies," 18 June 2018 The good news is that there are more people seeking treatment for challenges with fertility. Samantha Saltz, M.d., miamiherald, "Few discuss the emotional toll of struggling to conceive a child," 30 May 2018 That myth that everyday stress can cause fertility issues? Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "How to Stay Sane While Struggling to Get Pregnant," 1 Oct. 2018 The North African ostrich faces fertility issues in the wild, so volunteers have turned the RV storage park into a hatchery lab and incubator. CBS News, "How people in a California RV park are helping fight North African ostrich extinction," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fertility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fertility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fertility

: the ability to produce young
: the ability to support the growth of many plants
: the ability to produce many ideas

fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌfər-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce fertility (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertility

: the condition of being fertile soil fertility

fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē How to pronounce fertility (audio) \
plural fertilities

Medical Definition of fertility

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

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