- 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
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Examples from the Web for death rate
Since the American advent the Death-rate is believed to have notably decreased.The Philippine Islands
Note that, after the quarantining of measles in 1896, the death-rate dropped at once.A Handbook of Health
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.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
State of being subject to death; frequency of death; hence the death-rate.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
- the ratio of deaths in a specified area, group, etc, to the population of that area, group, etcAlso called (esp US): mortality rate
- 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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