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
Recent Examples of fertility from the Web
State and city governments are rethinking old policies, as gay rights and infertility advocates, joined by a lucrative fertility industry, are protesting barriers to building families.
Melissa Thompson of Stamford discusses passage of a bill that would prevent insurance companies from barring cancer patients from coverage for fertility treatment.
The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, takes place in Gilead, a futuristic world in which fertility issues abound and women's rights are a thing of the past.
One crazed twist: Gorsheva’s character is undergoing fertility treatment throughout, even though motherhood seems the last of her priorities.
Some of these couples had trouble conceiving, experienced difficult previous pregnancies, and even had to undergo several rounds of fertility treatments to become pregnant.
The new mouse study, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, not only suggests that space sperm can survive and be viable, but also offers some insight into future fertility.
Do these women have, besides wealth and fame, superhuman fertility?
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First Known Use of fertility
FERTILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fertility for English Language Learners
: the ability to produce young
: the ability to support the growth of many plants
: the ability to produce many ideas
FERTILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of fertility for Students
: the condition of being fertile soil fertility
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