mortality

noun

mor·​tal·​i·​ty mȯr-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce mortality (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being mortal
Her husband's death reminded her of her own mortality.
2
: the death of large numbers (as of people or animals)
trying to reduce infant mortality
3
archaic : death
4
: the human race
that natural extinction to which all mortality is subjectThomas Paine
5
a
: the number of deaths in a population during a given time or place : the proportion of deaths to population : mortality rate
The mortality among the infected mounted daily.
b
: the number lost or the rate of loss or failure
the mortality rate of small businesses

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Thoughts on Mortality

Young people tend to assume they will never die, but a person's sense of his or her mortality generally increases year by year, and often increases greatly after a serious accident or illness. Still, many people refuse to change behaviors that would improve their chances of living into old age. Mortality rates are calculated by government agencies, insurance companies, and medical researchers. Infant mortality rates (the rate at which infants die in childbirth) provide a good indicator of a country's overall health; in recent years, the rates in countries like Iceland, Singapore, and Japan have been much better than in the U.S.

Examples of mortality in a Sentence

a leading cause of mortality
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mortality was in the 15th century

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“Mortality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mortality. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

mortality

noun
mor·​tal·​i·​ty mȯr-ˈtal-ət-ē How to pronounce mortality (audio)
plural mortalities
1
: the quality or state of being mortal
2
: the death of large numbers (as of animals or people)
3
a
: the number of deaths in a given time or place
b
: the ratio of deaths occurring in a certain time in a given population to the number of individuals in the population

Medical Definition

mortality

noun
mor·​tal·​i·​ty mȯr-ˈtal-ət-ē How to pronounce mortality (audio)
plural mortalities
1
: the quality or state of being mortal
2
: the number of deaths in a population during a given time or place : the proportion of deaths to population : mortality rate compare morbidity sense 2
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