Definition of fertility in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The quality of being fertile; productiveness.

    ‘improve the soil fertility by adding compost’
    • ‘Good soil possesses oxygen, warmth, humidity, and fertility.’
    • ‘The strategy of producing triploids of low fertility has been exploited in the production of seedless fruit.’
    • ‘This shouldn't be a surprise, but it helps us to see the continuing relevance and fertility of his thought.’
    • ‘Such soil as occurs is usually shallow, leached and mildly acid, and of generally low fertility.’
    • ‘Despite high fertility, juvenile plants are rare.’
    • ‘The increased fertility was better for stocking.’
    • ‘Third, reduced pollen and seed fertility may both indirectly result from this deleterious effect.’
    • ‘For soil fertility, I used bases/alumina molar ratios as a chemical index of soil fertility suitable for paleosols.’
    • ‘As we drove through the countryside I could see the evidence of the incredible fertility.’
    • ‘These sites had greater light, moisture, and soil fertility than mature forests or summer clearcuts.’
    • ‘Natural soil texture and fertility also play a role in when and how much additional fertilizer plants need.’
    • ‘One solution might be to plant triploid trees if they prove to have low fertility.’
    • ‘Galileo's work in mechanics testifies to the fertility of these concepts.’
    • ‘Manure nutrients help build and maintain soil fertility.’
    • ‘Lower fertility of land meant an increase in the cost of food, resulting in higher wages and therefore lower profits.’
    fecundity, fruitfulness, productiveness, prolificacy, generativeness
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    1. 1.1The ability to conceive children or young.
      ‘anxiety and stress affect fertility in both men and women’
      • ‘Fertility is a highly personal and sensitive area of human life.’
      • ‘Treatment can also affect your fertility or ability to have children.’
      • ‘Neither of these surgeries were done to improve her fertility.’
      • ‘Nearby, childless couples seek prayers and potions for fertility.’
      • ‘Natural Family Planning cooperates with the natural law and teaches that fertility is to be treasured, not feared.’
      • ‘The families of both the bride and groom prepare puffed rice for the ceremony as a symbol of fertility and good luck.’
      • ‘Falling fertility has also become a major source of demographic concern.’
      • ‘One is the King of the waxing year, of life, growth, and fertility.’
      • ‘Several herbs are notable for boosting fertility, too.’
      • ‘Our results further show that the extent of hybrid male fertility varies somewhat with the particular parental strains used.’
      • ‘Miller's research on turtle fertility involved turning the living turtle over and examining the ovaries by means of an endoscope.’
      • ‘This paper develops a rational choice model of the fertility of single women in the presence of government transfers.’
      • ‘In Bulgarian tradition, the coffin of Christ stays for a week in the church and people crawl underneath for health and fertility.’
      • ‘Currently, stem cells used for research largely come from embryos leftover from fertility clinics.’
      • ‘It is part of the attire of a Bosporan priestess to Demeter, goddess of fertility.’
      • ‘The Wicca see the cauldron as a symbol of the Goddess, the manifested essence of femininity and fertility.’
      • ‘Yes, a woman's fertility correlates exactly to the phase of the moon at the time of her own birth.’
      • ‘Four of the eight QTL for reduced homozygous seed set are colocated with QTL associated with reduced male fertility.’
      • ‘Fertility is regarded as a unified principle, equally held by male and female forces.’
      • ‘The 2000 Census tells us the U.S. population will double every 54 years if fertility and immigration remain the same.’
      ability to conceive, ability to have children, virility, fecundity, potency, reproductiveness
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