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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for morbidity

Contemporary Examples of morbidity

Historical Examples of morbidity

  • 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.


    Hugh Walpole

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

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

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

morbidity in Medicine




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