mortality[môr tal′ə tē]
- Mortality is the condition of one day having to die or the rate of failure or loss.
- An example of mortality is that all animals eventually will die.
- An example of mortality is the number of high school students who don't graduate.
- the condition of being mortal; esp., the nature of a human being, as having eventually to die
- death on a large scale, as from disease or war
- the proportion of deaths to the population of a region, nation, etc.; death rate
- the death rate from a particular disease
- the number or proportion that fail: the high mortality of first-year students
- human beings collectively
- Obsolete death
Origin of mortalityMiddle English mortalite ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin mortalitas ; from mortalis, mortal
- The quality or condition of being mortal.
- Mortals considered as a group; the human race.
- Death, especially of large numbers; heavy loss of life: the mortality wrought by an epidemic.
- Death rate.
- The rate of failure or loss: the high mortality among family-run farms.
(countable and uncountable, plural mortalities)
- The condition of being susceptible to death.
- (demography) The death rate of a population.