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Definition of "mortality" []

  • The quality or condition of being mortal. (noun)
  • Mortals considered as a group; the human race. (noun)
  • Death, especially of large numbers; heavy loss of life: the mortality wrought by an epidemic. (noun)
  • Death rate. (noun)
  • The rate of failure or loss: the high mortality among family-run farms. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mortality" in a sentence
  • ""Socioeconomic disparity in mortality is pervasive, and it continues to increase," said Ahmedin Jemal, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society who lead the study."
  • "The assertion of a 1% reduction in mortality is not necessarily orthogonal to a 41-91% reduction in hospitalizations."
  • "Living standards are now independent of population levels, so any reduction in mortality is an unalloyed blessing."