fertility

[fer-til-i-tee]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English fertilite (< Middle French) < Latin fertilitās. See fertile, -ity

nonfertility, noun
overfertility, noun
prefertility, noun
unfertility, noun
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fertility (fɜːˈtɪlɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  the ability to produce offspring, esp abundantly
2.  the state or quality of being fertile

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fertility
late 15c., from Fr. fertilité, from L. fertilitatem, from fertilis (see fertile).
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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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fertile   (fûr'tl)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
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.
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