fatality rate

noun
plural fatality rates

Definition of fatality rate

: the number of deaths from a specific cause Last year, South Carolina had the nation's third-highest highway fatality rate, with 1,064 people killed in wrecks on the state's roads.— Joseph S. Stroud McGuire is a practitioner of what he calls the king of all extreme sports. BASE—an acronym for building, antenna, span (bridge) and earth (cliffs)—jumping has one of the sporting world's highest fatality rates: in its 18-year history, 46 participants have been killed.— Karl Taro Greenfield specifically : case fatality rate Dysentery, in which fatality rates in untreated cases range as high as 50 percent, is especially dangerous to children. — James C. Riley

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Fatality rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatality%20rate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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fatality rate

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Medical Definition of fatality rate

: the number of deaths from a specific cause … the inclusion of air bags and other design improvements in vehicles, the use of seat belts and even the increasing maturity of the driving population have combined to lower the fatality rate on U. S. highways by 29 percent since 1987.— Stefan Thomke et al., Scientific American specifically : case fatality rate Dysentery, in which fatality rates in untreated cases range as high as 50 percent, is especially dangerous to children. — James C. Riley, The American Historical Review

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