the proportion of births to the total population in a place in a given time, usually expressed as a quantity per 1000 of population.

Origin of birthrate

First recorded in 1855–60; birth + rate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of birthrate

  • 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



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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