mortality meaning

[ mɔ:'tæliti ] Pronunciation:   "mortality" in a sentence
Noun: mortality  mor'talitee
  1. The quality or state of being mortal 
  2. The ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year
    - deathrate, death rate, mortality rate, fatality rate

Derived forms: mortalities

See also: mortal

Type of: impermanence, impermanency, rate

Antonym: immortality

Encyclopedia: Mortality

All deaths reported in a given population. n pl -ties
1 : the quality or state of being mortal
a : the number of deaths in a given time or place
b : the proportion of deaths to population : DEATH RATE —called also mortality rate —compare FERTILITY 2 MORBIDITY 2


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  1. all the fish exhibited mortality response.
  2. she was haunted with his mortality.
  3. the biota exhibited a one hundred percent mortality response.
  4. the mortality curve ascends gradually to a plateau at age 65.
  5. each, in his own way, sits quietly considering mortality.

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