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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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 Couple that with one of the nation’s lowest fertility rates and it is almost guaranteed that deaths will outnumber births every year for the foreseeable future... since 2010, 10,000 more people have left Vermont than have moved in from other states. James Freeman, WSJ, "Has Vermont Had It with Bernienomics?," 21 Feb. 2019 The regime is reacting to a worldwide drop in fertility rates. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "'The Handmaid's Tale': A deeper look at the chillingly prescient second season," 9 July 2018 Last year, the only age group in which the fertility rate increased was women ages 40 to 44. New York Times, "Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.," 5 July 2018 South Korea’s fertility rate of 1.2 children per woman, according to OECD statistics, is among the lowest in the world along with Italy and Spain. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "South Korea’s president wants people to work less — and have more children," 28 June 2018 But fertility rates dropped drastically after the Great Recession and mortality rates for whites who are not of Hispanic origin have been rising, driven partly by drug overdoses. Author: Sabrina Tavernise, Anchorage Daily News, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of U.S. states," 21 June 2018 The pagan traditions celebrated the springtime renewal of life and fertility as well as the goddess of dawn and spring, Eastre (or Oestre or Ostara). Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "The Easter Bunny Origin Story: Where Did The Easter Bunny Actually Come From?," 8 Mar. 2019

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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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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fertility

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