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Meaning of MORTALITY

Pronunciation:  mor'talitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality or state of being mortal
  2. [n]  the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year

MORTALITY is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: death rate, deathrate, fatality rate, morbidity, mortality rate
 Antonyms: immortality
 See Also: impermanence, impermanency, infant deathrate, infant mortality, infant mortality rate, neonatal mortality, neonatal mortality rate, rate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mor*tal"i*ty\, n. [L. mortalitas: cf. F.
1. The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to
   death or to the necessity of dying.

         When I saw her die, I then did think on your
         mortality.                            --Carew.

2. Human life; the life of a mortal being.

         From this instant There 's nothing serious in
         mortality.                            --Shak.

3. Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human cace;
   humanity; human nature.

         Take these tears, mortality's relief. --Pope.

4. Death; destruction. --Shak.

5. The whole sum or number of deaths in a given time or a
   given community; also, the proportion of deaths to
   population, or to a specific number of the population;
   death rate; as, a time of great, or low, mortality; the
   mortality among the settlers was alarming.

{Bill of mortality}. See under {Bill}.

{Law of mortality}, a mathematical relation between the
   numbers living at different ages, so that from a given
   large number of persons alive at one age, it can be
   computed what number are likely to survive a given number
   of years.

{Table of mortality}, a table exhibiting the average relative
   number of persons who survive, or who have died, at the
   end of each year of life, out of a given number supposed
   to have been born at the same time.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Incidence of disease in population.
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