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  1. a morbid state or quality.
  2. the proportion of sickness or of a specific disease in a geographical locality.
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Origin of morbidity

First recorded in 1715–25; morbid + -ity
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Examples from the Web for morbidities

Historical Examples

  • They are shocked by the morbidities of Dostoievsky and Strindberg.

    The Literature of Ecstasy

    Albert Mordell

  • She trusted his affection, respected his cleverness, and instinctively guessed at his vanities and morbidities.

    Old Kensington

    Miss Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for morbidities


  1. the state of being morbid
  2. Also: morbidity rate the relative incidence of a particular disease in a specific locality
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Word Origin and History for morbidities



1721, from morbid + -ity.

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morbidities in Medicine


  1. The quality of being morbid.
  2. A diseased state.
  3. The incidence or prevalence of a disease.
  4. Morbidity rate.
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