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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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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 prefertility

fertility

n.

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

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prefertility 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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