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.
First Known Use of death rate
DEATH RATE Defined for English Language Learners
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 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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