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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for morbidity
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  • morbidity and immorality are as natural as health and purity.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • Here conscience was overdoing its part, and passing from scrupulousness to morbidity.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The thought embodied in it, though tinged with morbidity, striking and matured.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • I've never laughed at morbidity, or nerves, or insanity since.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • 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
  • Krafft-Ebing asserts that hardly any of these Urnings are conscious of morbidity.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics John Addington Symonds
  • 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
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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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