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mortality

[mawr-tal-i-tee] /mɔrˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural mortalities.
1.
the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.
2.
the relative frequency of deaths in a specific population; death rate.
3.
mortal beings collectively; humanity.
4.
death or destruction on a large scale, as from war, plague, or famine.
5.
Obsolete, death.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English mortalite < Middle French < Latin mortālitās. See mortal, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for mortalities

mortality

/mɔːˈtælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition of being mortal
2.
great loss of life, as in war or disaster
3.
the number of deaths in a given period
4.
mankind; humanity
5.
an obsolete word for death
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Word Origin and History for mortalities

mortality

n.

mid-14c., "condition of being mortal," from Old French mortalite "massacre, slaughter; fatal illness; poverty; destruction" (12c.), from Latin mortalitem (nominative mortalitas) "state of being mortal; subjection to death," from mortalis (see mortal (adj.)). Meaning "widespread death" is from c.1400; meaning "number of deaths from some cause or in a given period" is from 1640s.

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mortalities in Medicine

mortality mor·tal·i·ty (môr-tāl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The quality or condition of being mortal.

  2. Death rate.

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