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fertility

[fer-til-i-tee] /fərˈtɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being fertile.
2.
Biology. the ability to produce offspring; power of reproduction:
the amazing fertility of rabbits.
3.
the birthrate of a population.
4.
(of soil) the capacity to supply nutrients in proper amounts for plant growth when other factors are favorable.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English fertilite (< Middle French) < Latin fertilitās. See fertile, -ity
Related forms
nonfertility, noun
overfertility, noun
prefertility, noun
unfertility, noun
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Examples from the web for fertility
  • Scientists have produced fertility in genetically infertile mice by transplanting a gene from normal animals.
  • The target reductions in fertility rates were reached long ago.
  • Another is that the dance is derived from some mystical fertility dance.
  • The fertility industry is a largely unregulated field.
  • Because those dogs, you know they cause a spike in fertility.
  • The land maintains its own fertility through biodiversity.
  • As traditional societies modernise, fertility falls.
  • fertility clinics are under pressure to reduce multiple births.
  • They wonder what benefit they could bring, especially given the obvious risks of infection and reduced fertility.
  • Shriveled testes grew back to normal and the animals regained their fertility.
British Dictionary definitions for fertility

fertility

/fɜːˈtɪlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the ability to produce offspring, esp abundantly
2.
the state or quality of being fertile
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Word Origin and History for fertility
n.

early 15c., from Middle French fertilité, from Latin fertilitatem (nominative fertilitas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fertilis (see fertile).

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fertility in Medicine

fertility fer·til·i·ty (fər-tĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.
The state of being fertile, especially the ability to produce young.

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fertility in Science
fertile
  (fûr'tl)   
  1. Capable of producing offspring, seeds, or fruit.

  2. Capable of developing into a complete organism; fertilized.

  3. Capable of supporting plant life; favorable to the growth of crops and plants.


fertility noun
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