fecundity vs fertility what difference

what is difference between fecundity and fertility

English

Alternative forms

  • fœcundity (obsolete)

Etymology

From Latin fēcunditās (fruitfulness, fertility), from fēcundus.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /fɪˈkʌndɪtɪ/
  • Hyphenation: fe‧cun‧di‧ty

Noun

fecundity (usually uncountable, plural fecundities)

  1. Ability to produce offspring.
    • 2006, Neil Gaiman, “Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett” in: Good Omens, Corgi, p. 410
      In the early days the reviewers compared him to the late Douglas Adams, but then Terry went on to write books as enthusiastically as Douglas avoided writing them, and now, if there is any comparison to be made of anything from the formal rules of a Pratchett novel to the sheer prolific fecundity of the man, it might be to P. G. Wodehouse.
  2. Ability to cause growth or increase.
  3. Number, rate, or capacity of offspring production.
  4. Rate of production of young by a female.

Synonyms

  • (ability to produce offspring): fertileness, fertility

Related terms

  • fecund
  • fecundation

Translations

Further reading

  • fecundity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fecundity in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • fecundity in the Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, English section, second edition, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Liège, 1982
  • fecundity at OneLook Dictionary Search


English

Etymology

From Middle French fertilité, from Latin fertilitas.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /fɚːˈtɪləti/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlɪti

Noun

fertility (countable and uncountable, plural fertilities)

  1. (uncountable) The condition, or the degree, of being fertile.
    Muckspreading increases the fertility of the soil.
  2. (countable) The birthrate of a population; the number of live births per 1000 people per year.
  3. The average number of births per woman within a population.

Synonyms

  • fecundity, fertileness

Antonyms

  • infertility

Derived terms

  • oncofertility

Translations

Further reading

  • fertility on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial