[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fertile,
  2. fertile crescent,
  3. fertile period,
  4. fertilely,
  5. fertilisation,
  6. fertility cult,
  7. fertility drug,
  8. fertility factor,
  9. fertility symbol,
  10. fertilization

Origin of fertility

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

Related formsnon·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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Medicine definitions for fertility


[ fər-tĭlĭ-tē ]


The state of being fertile, especially the ability to produce young.

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Science 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.
Related formsfertility noun

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