death rate

noun
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of death rate

: 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.

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First Known Use of death rate

1849


DEATH RATE Defined for English Language Learners

death rate

noun

Definition of death rate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

death rate

noun

medical Definition of death rate

: 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 RosenfeldVogueFebruary 1996
  • Ebola is infamous for being highly contagious and causing death rates as high as 90 percent in some human outbreaks.
  • —Brendan BorrellScientific AmericanSeptember 2009

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