[fer-til-i-tee] /fərˈtɪl ɪ ti/

the state or quality of being .
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.
the ability to produce offspring, esp abundantly
the state or quality of being fertile

early 15c., from Middle French fertilité, from Latin fertilitatem (nominative fertilitas) “fruitfulness, fertility,” from fertilis (see fertile).

fertility fer·til·i·ty (fər-tĭl’ĭ-tē)
The state of being fertile, especially the ability to produce young.

fertility noun


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