fertility

noun

fer·​til·​i·​ty (ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce fertility (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being fertile
2
: the birth rate 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
Recent Examples on the Web Others might not yet have children and need to confront the possibility that a life-saving treatment could steal their fertility. Lisa Jarvis, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 Beneath coffered ceilings and atop the room’s minimalist deco furniture rest fertility sculptures from Sardinia, one of which has the deep bordeaux color with which De Sarno is repainting Gucci’s bags and shoes and skirts and jackets. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2024 The baby represented the god’s rebirth as a symbol of fertility. Dorothy Dworkin, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 He’s posted a periodic stream of warnings about sub-replacement-rate fertility levels and declining birth rates around the globe. Patrick T. Brown, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Though the tests would be offered to men and women, many in France also complained that conversations around boosting fertility tend to disproportionately target women. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 Originally from neighboring Burkina Faso, zaï is the traditional technique of making small indentations in the ground that capture rainfall and increase the fertility of the soil. Jack Thompson, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2024 Not everyone will lose their fertility during cancer treatment. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 18 Jan. 2024 Yet some of these chemical additives have been tied to maladies such as breast and prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as problems with children’s brain development and adult fertility. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fertility was in the 15th century

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“Fertility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertility. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty (ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē How to pronounce fertility (audio)
plural fertilities
1
: the quality or state of being fertile
2
: the birth rate of a population
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