morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty | \ mȯr-ˈbi-də-tē How to pronounce morbidity (audio) \

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

Examples of morbidity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mortality and morbidity — the words their profession uses for death and illness — are on one side of the equation, and tools like seat belts, blood pressure medication, smoking-cessation programs and vaccines are on the other. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The borough has the highest rates of child asthma and asthma morbidity in the country. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 Of 225 drug approvals for which mortality and morbidity information was listed on the FDA plan website, only 20% had data showing benefits and side effects for Black patients, according to the analysis, which was published in Health Affairs. Ed Silverman, STAT, 10 Mar. 2022 The organization cited a new study, included in its weekly morbidity and mortality report, that examined the electronic health records of millions of patients at 40 U.S. health care systems between Jan. 1, 2021, and Jan. 31 of this year. Erin Prater, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 To take just that first co-morbidity: According to the CDC, adult men (age 20 and older) in the United States weigh an average of 200 pounds. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 Rates of severe maternal morbidity are 3.2 times higher among Black mothers than white mothers, and 2.3 higher among American Indian and Alaska Native mothers. Laurie Zephyrin, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 The health ministry is still calling on its citizens to avoid unnecessary travel abroad, especially to countries with high morbidity rates. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 For screening to reduce morbidity and be economical, the test accuracy threshold may be far from 100%. Yair Paska, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of morbidity

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2022

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“Morbidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morbidity. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty | \ mȯr-ˈbid-ət-ē How to pronounce morbidity (audio) \
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 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
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 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 — compare mortality sense 2

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