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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Permanent infertility

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Permanent infertility  (PERMANENT infertility)

Fertility 1 and infertility 2 refer to reproductive performance rather than capacity, and are used according to whether there was actual childbearing or not during the period under review. When it concerns the complete reproductive period, the term total infertility 3★ may be used while permanent infertility 4 may extend from a certain age or marriage duration to the end of the childbearing years. Voluntary infertility 5★ is used when the absence of procreation corresponds to a decision of the couple (503-8). It should be noted that in many Latin languages, the cognates of fertility and fecundity are used in a sense diametrically opposite to that in English. Thus, the French fécondité and the Spanish fecundidad are properly translated by fertility, and fertilité and fertilidad by fecundity.

  • 1. Fertility, n. - fertile, adj.
  • 2. Infertility, n. - infertile, adj.
    Childlessness, n. - childless, adj. : refer to the state of a women, man or couple who have been so far infertile.