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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
First recorded in 1715-25; morbid + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He felt dulness and morbidity dropping away from him; zest of life taking their place.

    A Man's Hearth Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Here conscience was overdoing its part, and passing from scrupulousness to morbidity.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • His temperament was certainly not free from morbidity, and this morbidity may be traced in his writings.

  • I've never laughed at morbidity, or nerves, or insanity since.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • I did not divine his genius, but I felt he needed something to take him out of his morbidity and melancholy.

    The Trembling of the Veil William Butler Yeats
  • Does he perhaps do so because they cannot in any way be made to square with his theory of morbidity?

    A Problem in Modern Ethics John Addington Symonds
  • All the morbidity was gone, she was not thinking follies now, and neither of them was more than a good friend.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • He has none of the morbidity that often passes for refinement.

    Essays Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for morbidity


the state of being morbid
Also morbidity rate. the relative incidence of a particular disease in a specific locality
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for morbidity

1721, from morbid + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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