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death rate

  1. the number of deaths per unit, usually 1000, of population in a given place and time.
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Origin of death rate

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for death rate

Historical Examples

  • Since the American advent the Death-rate is believed to have notably decreased.

    The Philippine Islands

    John Foreman

  • Note that, after the quarantining of measles in 1896, the death-rate dropped at once.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • The death-rate from tuberculosis is almost three times that among the whites.

    The Indian Today

    Charles A. Eastman

  • In London alone the death-rate for a while was 1,000 per week.

  • State of being subject to death; frequency of death; hence the death-rate.


    Elmer W. Cavins

British Dictionary definitions for death rate

death rate

  1. the ratio of deaths in a specified area, group, etc, to the population of that area, group, etcAlso called (esp US): mortality rate
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death rate in Medicine

death rate

  1. 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.fatality rate mortality rate
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