death rate


Definition of death rate

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

Examples of death rate in a Sentence

There was a decline in the country's death rate after its health care improved. Lung cancer death rates are up. The death rate from accidents is rising.
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Recent Examples on the Web Between 2003 and 2006, there was a death rate of 0.62 per 100 reported fires in one- and two-family dwellings with smoke alarms in the U.S., according to Milke. Mary Grace Keller,, "Sykesville fire: Investigators ‘confident’ smoke alarms weren’t present. The state could be responsible.," 15 Nov. 2019 Shortly after China reached India’s current level of development, its death rate from air pollution began to fall. The Economist, "India’s toxic smog is a common affliction in middle-income countries," 9 Nov. 2019 Check out the video above to see why Black women need to be concerned with the death rates of breast cancer. Danielle Young, Essence, "Breast Cancer Is Killing Black Women," 29 Oct. 2019 Yet a 2019 study found that giving children the drug cut their death rate by two-thirds and halved the pain crises that are common in sickle cell disease, caused by misshapen red blood cells that cannot flow through blood vessels. Sharon Begley, STAT, "NIH and Gates Foundation launch effort to bring genetic cures for HIV, sickle cell disease to world’s poor," 23 Oct. 2019 For African Americans between the ages of 45 and 54, the death rates from overdoses more than doubled, going from 19.3 to 41.9 per 100,000 people between 2015 and 2017. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The changing face of the US opioid epidemic: Middle-aged black adults see rise in deaths," 31 Oct. 2019 Even though white women are diagnosed with breast cancer at higher rates, Black women’s death rates from breast cancer are higher. Danielle Young, Essence, "Breast Cancer Is Killing Black Women," 29 Oct. 2019 The death rate from overdoses is now 65 percent higher in Appalachia than in the rest of the country., "Beyond the Sacklers: Free-trade policies contributed to the opioid epidemic - The Boston Globe," 12 Oct. 2019 New Hampshire ranked the fourth-highest state in the per capita death rate from opioid overdoses in 2017, according to federal government data. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma family profits from sale of resorts in regions plagued by opioid crisis," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of death rate

1849, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2019

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“Death rate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners 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

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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 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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