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death rate

noun

Simple Definition of death rate

  • : a number that shows how many people died in a particular place or during a particular time

  • : the number of deaths from a specific cause in a particular area during a particular time period

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of death rate

  1. :  the ratio between deaths and individuals in a specified population and time

Examples of death rate in a sentence

  1. There was a decline in the country's death rate after its health care improved.

  2. Lung cancer death rates are up.

  3. The death rate from accidents is rising.



1852

First Known Use of death rate

1852

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Medical Dictionary

death rate

noun

Medical Definition of death rate

  1. :  a measure of the number of deaths in a specified population during a particular time period <After five years, those receiving the drug suffered 32 percent fewer fatal heart attacks, and their overall death rate was 22 percent lower than that of the men who were given the placebo.—Isadore Rosenfeld, Vogue, February 1996> <Ebola is infamous for being highly contagious and causing death rates as high as 90 percent in some human outbreaks.—Brendan Borrell, Scientific American, September 2009>




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