Definition of mortality
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 subject — Thomas Paine
5a : the number of deaths in a given time or place The mortality among the infected mounted daily.b : the proportion of deaths to population a brain infection with a mortality rate of about 30 percent — Jane E. Brodyc : the number lost or the rate of loss or failure the mortality rate of small businesses
Examples of mortality in a Sentence
a leading cause of mortality
Recent Examples of mortality from the Web
Over the last decade, American donations to fight malaria in Africa have saved the lives of nearly two million children, according to a new analysis of mortality rates in 32 countries there.
Mothers and families might have to purchase additional coverage for pregnancies, said the March of Dimes, a foundation fighting against birth defects and infant mortality.
Not to mention that the country’s infant mortality rate has shot up 30 percent during this time because of malnutrition and a lack of basic medical supplies.
Pangolins are not suited for captivity, with mortality rates of over 6 percent per year and most wild individuals dying within 200 days in captivity.
Additionally, there are extremely high mortality rates involved in wild pangolin capture.
His mortality may be the thing that finally gives him some real perspective.
Maternal death — historically a leading cause of mortality for women — remains a concern today, and cardiovascular diseases are the top culprit.
And the couple’s fulfilled affection for each other, tinged with melancholy and World War I veteran Wimsey’s keen sense of mortality, is captured in the sweet rapport between Moore and Alyson Scadron Branner’s fond, graceful Harriet.
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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.
First Known Use of mortality
MORTALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mortality for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of being a person or thing that is alive and therefore certain to die : the quality or state of being mortal
: the death of a person, animal, etc.
: the number of deaths that occur in a particular time or place
Medical Definition of mortality
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