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birthrate

[burth-reyt]
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noun
  1. the proportion of births to the total population in a place in a given time, usually expressed as a quantity per 1000 of population.
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Origin of birthrate

First recorded in 1855–60; birth + rate1
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Examples from the Web for birthrate

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Historical Examples

  • During the entire century a decline of the birthrate was noticeable.

  • The decline of the birthrate then was confined entirely to the legitimate births.

  • In high altitudes, where nutrition is scant, the birthrate of boys is high as compared with lower altitudes in the same locality.

    Sex and Society

    William I. Thomas

  • One of the things, earnestly desired by the French people is to increase the birthrate.

  • There was a discussion at the banquet over female suffrage and the birthrate, and this grew very animated.


birthrate in Medicine

birthrate

n.
  1. The ratio of total live births to total population in a specified community or area over a specified period of time, often expressed as the number of live births per 1,000 of the population per year.
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