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fecundity

[fə′kən·dəd·ē]
(biology)
The innate potential reproductive capacity of the individual organism, as denoted by its ability to form and separate from the body the mature germ cells.
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fecundity

the physiological capacity to reproduce. This physical aspect must be distinguished from the social, economic and psychological influences which affect actual reproduction. Compare FERTILITY. See also DEMOGRAPHY, POPULATION, BIRTH RATE.
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