morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty | \mȯr-ˈbi-də-tē \

Definition of morbidity 

1 : the quality or state of being morbid especially : an attitude, quality, or state of mind marked by excessive gloom … there must have been some strange morbidity in his nature which made him take a grim pleasure in self-torture. — Somerset Maugham

2 : a diseased state or symptom : ill health Parasitic protozoans and helminths represent two major groups of infectious agents that are responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality in human and animal populations.— Adel A. F. Mahmoud also : a complication or undesirable side effect following surgery or medical treatment Because laryngectomy results in substantial functional morbidity, including the loss of the natural voice … alternative forms of treatment have been developed. The New England Journal of Medicine

3 : the incidence of disease : the rate of illness (as in a specified population or group) Because the young lack immune capability, the morbidity of viral upper respiratory diseases often reaches 100 percent of kittens in a litter or household.— Margaret Reister also : the incidence of complications or undesirable side effects following surgery or medical treatment … radical prostatectomy in this setting … is associated with a very high morbidity. — Phillip W. Kantoff

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Ms Kilalea sketches this sad, slightly surreal situation without mawkishness or morbidity. The Economist, "A startling debut novel from a South African poet," 14 June 2018 But the nuance of socioeconomics can’t hold a candle to the terror of morbidity. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 The 2012 number was significant enough to inspire legislative efforts, including the establishment and extension of a maternal mortality and morbidity task force. Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "Maternal death rate in Texas was inflated, new study shows," 17 Apr. 2018 One of the reasons for that is the main focus of the studies has been on mortality from heat waves, and there hasn't been that much focus on morbidity. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, "How Does a Heat Wave Affect the Human Body?," 23 July 2010 Yet these differences in behavior weren’t ample enough to have an impact on maternal or fetal morbidity and mortality. New York Times, "Surgical Checklists Save Lives — but Once in a While, They Don’t. Why?," 9 May 2018 Enter Bronfman to play Prokofiev at such a pace and with such bravado as to knock my morbidity clear out of the ring. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Kansas City Symphony Chorus’ requiem will offer a balm for the soul | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 But other signs suggest that Mexicans’ fondness for morbidity is alive and well. The Economist, "Burying the Hairy HandA macabre Mexican radio show goes off the air," 18 Jan. 2018 Many pediatricians are overwhelmed by seeing so many children with morbidities that were far less prevalent a couple decades ago. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "5 questions: Does your child have nature-deficit disorder?," 15 Mar. 2018

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circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty | \mȯr-ˈbid-ət-ē \
plural morbidities

Medical Definition of morbidity 

1 : a diseased state or symptom : ill health Parasitic protozoans and helminths represent two major groups of infectious agents that are responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality in human and animal populations.— Adel A. F. Mahmoud, Nature, 24 Nov. 1989 also : a complication or undesirable side effect following surgery or medical treatment Because laryngectomy results in substantial functional morbidity, including the loss of the natural voice … alternative forms of treatment have been developed. The New England Journal of Medicine, 13 June 1991

2 : the incidence of disease : the rate of illness (as in a specified population or group) Because the young lack immune capability, the morbidity of viral upper respiratory diseases often reaches 100 percent of kittens in a litter or household.— Margaret Reister, Cat Fancy, March 1996 also : the incidence of complications or undesirable side effects following surgery or medical treatment … radical prostatectomy in this setting … is associated with a very high morbidity. — Phillip W. Kantoff, Scientific American Medicine, October 2002

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