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[mawr-tal-i-tee] /mɔrˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural mortalities.
the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.
the relative frequency of deaths in a specific population; death rate.
mortal beings collectively; humanity.
death or destruction on a large scale, as from war, plague, or famine.
Obsolete, death.
Origin of mortality
1300-50; Middle English mortalite < Middle French < Latin mortālitās. See mortal, -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mortality
  • The first sickening feature of this general situation is the high infant mortality among the children of the workers.
  • It's also that each man is beginning to face his mortality.
  • The most deadly pandemics consist of low mortality – high mortality cycles.
  • We have seen that the intemperate suffer from a high rate of mortality, and the extremely profligate leave few offspring.
  • Even so, he feels the tug of mortality, and he has a lot left to accomplish.
  • These are sometimes metaphors for human relationships, but more often reminders of human mortality and vulnerability.
  • Elephants are notoriously tricky to breed in zoos, with high rates of miscarriages and infant mortality.
  • Over the last 30 years, infant mortality has fallen sharply, and life expectancy has jumped to 58 years.
  • They are an economic powerhouse with better health care, lower infant mortality, and higher test scores.
  • This issue has been studied in the peer reviewed literature and a definite link exists between warming and coral mortality.
British Dictionary definitions for mortality


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being mortal
great loss of life, as in war or disaster
the number of deaths in a given period
mankind; humanity
an obsolete word for death
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Word Origin and History for mortality

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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mortality in Medicine

mortality mor·tal·i·ty (môr-tāl'ĭ-tē)

  1. The quality or condition of being mortal.

  2. Death rate.

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