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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
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • Earth's birth and death rate are stable, and there's enough for everyone.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • And though the death rate is very heavy, being fifty per cent.

  • The death rate, while not the highest, is yet higher than in many other countries.

  • The death rate during this first year, however, was frightful.

    Patrician and Plebeian Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • The hospitals were crowded, and the death rate was appalling.

    Battles of the Civil War Thomas Elbert Vineyard
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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