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death rate

the number of deaths per unit, usually 1000, of population in a given place and time.
Origin of death rate
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The death rate had increased threefold; the theaters were converted into hospitals.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Children, as affecting the death rate, 8;in Otsego and Putnam counties, 9.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • Note the pronounced fall in the death rate at every age period during the past century.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • And though the death rate is very heavy, being fifty per cent.

  • Note improvement since 1890 in death rate at every age period of life.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • First, is not the death rate also higher among these least desirable classes?

    The Social Direction of Evolution William E. Kellicott
  • The death rate of Australia is much below that of European countries and is steadily declining.

British Dictionary definitions for death rate

death rate

the ratio of deaths in a specified area, group, etc, to the population of that area, group, etc Also called (esp US) mortality rate
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death rate in Medicine

death rate n.
The ratio of total deaths to total population in a specified community or area over a specified period of time; often expressed as the number of deaths per 1,000 of the population per year. Also called fatality rate, mortality rate.

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