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[mawr-bid-i-tee] /mɔrˈbɪd ɪ ti/
a morbid state or quality.
the proportion of sickness or of a specific disease in a geographical locality.
Origin of morbidity
1715-25; morbid + -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for morbidity
  • My response: The three major controllable causes of mortality and morbidity are obesity, smoking, and excessive drinking.
  • The gap already has significant acute and chronic morbidity and mortality.
  • It recoils from garbage and morbidity.
  • Sickle-cell anemia co-evolved with malaria morbidity and only affects certain races.
  • King wallows in morbidity, while Bradbury revels in the fantasy of the human.
  • So through that mechanism, anemia can lead to serious morbidity or mortality.
  • The rabbi wishes to harness the power of morbidity, to turn it to good use.
  • This morbidity is precisely what she seems to find so alive.
  • Alas, the book's morbidity doesn't stop with that opening chapter.
  • There is a statute of limitations on morbidity.
British Dictionary definitions for morbidity


the state of being morbid
Also morbidity rate. the relative incidence of a particular disease in a specific locality
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Word Origin and History for morbidity

1721, from morbid + -ity.

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morbidity in Medicine

morbidity mor·bid·i·ty (mōr-bĭd'ĭ-tē)

  1. The quality of being morbid.

  2. A diseased state.

  3. The incidence or prevalence of a disease.

  4. Morbidity rate.

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