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case fatality rate

[ keysfey-tal-i-tee reyt, fuh- ]
/ ˈkeɪs feɪˈtæl ɪ ti ˌreɪt, fə- /
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noun

the proportion of people who die from a disease contracted during a specific period of time, calculated by dividing the total number of deaths by the total number of cases and typically expressed as a percentage:It is often difficult to pinpoint the case fatality rate, because many cases of infection can go undetected and thus unreported.Abbreviation: CFR

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Also called case fa·tal·i·ty risk [keysfey-tal-i-tee risk], /ˈkeɪs feɪˈtæl ɪ ti ˌrɪsk/, case fa·tal·i·ty ra·tio [keysfey-tal-i-tee rey-shoh, -shee-oh] /ˈkeɪs feɪˈtæl ɪ ti ˌreɪ ʃoʊ, -ʃiˌoʊ/ .

Origin of case fatality rate

First recorded in 1915–20

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case fatality rate

n.

The proportion of individuals contracting a disease who die of that disease.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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