[ fer-til-i-tee ]
/ fərˈtɪl ɪ ti /


the state or quality of being fertile.
Biology. the ability to produce offspring; power of reproduction: the amazing fertility of rabbits.
the birthrate of a population.
(of soil) the capacity to supply nutrients in proper amounts for plant growth when other factors are favorable.

Origin of fertility

1375–1425; late Middle English fertilite (< Middle French) < Latin fertilitās. See fertile, -ity


non·fer·til·i·ty, nouno·ver·fer·til·i·ty, nounpre·fer·til·i·ty, nounun·fer·til·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fertility

/ (fɜːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /


the ability to produce offspring, esp abundantly
the state or quality of being fertile
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Medical definitions for fertility

[ fər-tĭlĭ-tē ]


The state of being fertile, especially the ability to produce young.
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Scientific definitions for fertility

[ fûrtl ]

Capable of producing offspring, seeds, or fruit.
Capable of developing into a complete organism; fertilized.
Capable of supporting plant life; favorable to the growth of crops and plants.

Other words from fertile

fertility noun
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