Word of the day: fecundity


The university is threatening to close school tomorrow! Apparently, there’s a huge storm coming this way. If class are canceled, I have plans to go sledding. But if classes aren’t canceled, I’ll still have to go to my Sex, Relationships and Reproductive Systems class (“Sex” for short).

During class, a classmate wrote “fertility v. fecundity” in her notebook in loopy cursive. I thought that I missed that part in the lecture, so I wrote it down too. I would look it up later, I told myself.

So I did, and the subject is hard to understand at first. Fecundity and fertility are confusing, and their meanings are often switched, depending on who uses the terms.

After browsing through a few science sites, I learned that, demographically,  fertility represents the output of reproduction. Fecundity represents the ability to reproduce.

Blog of Science uses this example: “In a population of 26 year old human females, 95% might be physiologically capable of giving live birth, while perhaps only 10% might actually have a baby that year.” Fecundity would correlate with the first figure and fertility with second.

For more information, visit this site. It helped me in this post.

Published by Emilee Lindner

I’m a writer, cat fancier and lover of all things autumn.

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