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 In South Asian countries, where the vaccine has been used universally for decades, it’s been suggested that people are less susceptible to COVID-19 morbidity and mortality owing to the immunity offered by BCG. Quanta Magazine, "Why South Asia’s COVID-19 Numbers Are So Low (For Now)," 23 June 2020 Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved great strides in reducing morbidity and mortality for infectious diseases. Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "Latin America Faces a Critical Moment in the Battle against COVID-19," 17 June 2020 Disparity gaps also exist in economics, transportation, food security, housing, jobs – all social determinants of health – and co-morbidities offers grim predictions for the outcomes of this population. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Ohio releases demographic data on coronavirus cases, deaths for the first time," 6 Apr. 2020 What keeps me up at night is the emergence of a brand new infection, likely jumping species from an animal, that's respiratory born, highly transmissible, with a high degree of morbidity and mortality. NBC News, "'Out of touch': Pelosi, Schumer blast McConnell's bankruptcy remarks," 28 Apr. 2020 The underlying health status of the regional population, co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County, Detroit account for 47% of states coronavirus cases," 3 Apr. 2020 The morbidity rate is a measure of how many people have an illness relative to the population; the mortality rate is a measure of how many people have died because of an illness, also relative to the population. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Coronavirus: A Glossary of Terms to Help You Understand the Unfolding Crisis," 9 Mar. 2020 The morbidity rate in that area is also among the highest. Dallas News, "How Dallas County is educating essential businesses and shutting down violators," 22 Apr. 2020 This pervasiveness and morbidity of this crisis has forced Herman to dedicate more time to considering mortality and place in the world. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "With football on hiatus, Texas coach Tom Herman dedicates more time to volunteer efforts," 18 Apr. 2020

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circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Morbidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morbidity. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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, 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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