The number of deaths per given unit of population over a given period of time.(noun)
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Use "mortality rate" in a sentence
"Sometimes the conversation will center on statistics-the infant mortality rate (on par with Malaysia among poor black Americans), or black male unemployment (estimated at more than a third in some Chicago neighborhoods), or the number of black men who can expect to go through the criminal justice system at some point in their lives (one in three nationally)."
"Infant mortality rate was 50 per 1,000 as against 11 in the United States.3 The literacy rate was about 90% for men and women.4"
"By October, this mysterious new contagion had stricken forty Minamata residents, fourteen of whom had died, which made for a mortality rate several times higher than that of most cancers—and still, investigators remained stumped."