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

Nearby words

  1. birthing pool,
  2. birthing room,
  3. birthmark,
  4. birthnight,
  5. birthplace,
  6. birthright,
  7. birthright citizenship,
  8. birthroot,
  9. birthstone,
  10. birthstool

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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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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