morbidity

noun

mor·​bid·​i·​ty mȯr-ˈbi-də-tē How to pronounce morbidity (audio)
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 Black women are also disproportionately affected by severe maternal morbidity– unexpected outcomes in labor and delivery (e.g., hypertension and anxiety) that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to the childbearing person’s health and well-being. Essence, 8 July 2024 Urushiol smoke exposure may lead to morbidity and, in rare cases, can even cause death.16 Tips to Prevent a Poison Sumac Rash The best way to prevent a poison sumac rash is to block urushiol oil from making skin contact. Christopher Bergland, Verywell Health, 3 July 2024 As a result, the inaccessibility and the barriers perpetuated by the elevated costs of prescription medications not only provoke financial burdens but risk possible morbidity and mortality outcomes secondary to suboptimal medication adherence. Jenifer M. Rodrigues, Hartford Courant, 29 Mar. 2024 Midwifery care improved multiple birth outcomes, including lowering morbidity and mortality among mothers and newborns, according to a 2023 literature review published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY, 23 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for morbidity 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of morbidity was circa 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Morbidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morbidity. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty mȯr-ˈbid-ət-ē How to pronounce morbidity (audio)
plural morbidities
1
: the quality or state of being morbid
2
: the rate at which a disease occurs in a group of individuals

Medical Definition

morbidity

noun
mor·​bid·​i·​ty mȯr-ˈbid-ət-ē How to pronounce morbidity (audio)
plural morbidities
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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