Definition of fertility in English:

fertility

noun

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

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

fertility

/fəˈtɪlɪti/