AskDefine | Define fecundity

Dictionary Definition



1 the intellectual fruitfulness of a creative imagination [syn: fruitfulness]
2 the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring [syn: fertility] [ant: sterility]
3 the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth [syn: fruitfulness] [ant: fruitlessness]

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  1. the ability to produce offspring
  2. the ability to cause growth
  3. the number, rate, or capacity of offspring production



ability to produce offspring
ability to cause growth
rate or capacity of offspring production

Extensive Definition

Fecundity, derived from the word fecund, generally refers to the ability to reproduce. In biology and demography, fecundity is the potential reproductive capacity of an organism or population, measured by the number of gametes (eggs), seed set or asexual propagules. Fecundity is under both genetic and environmental control, and is the major measure of fitness. Fecundation is another term for fertilisation.
Fecundity is important and well studied in the field of population ecology. Fecundity can increase or decrease in a population according to current conditions and certain regulating factors. For instance, in times of hardship for a population such as a lack of food, juvenile and eventually adult fecundity has been shown to decrease.
Fecundity has also been shown to increase in ungulates with relation to warmer weather.
In the philosophy of science, fecundity refers to the ability of a scientific theory to open new lines of theoretical inquiry.
fecundity in Czech: Plodnost (biologie)
fecundity in Spanish: Fecundidad
fecundity in Galician: Fecundidade
fecundity in Italian: fertilità
fecundity in Simple English: Fecundity
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