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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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Related Words for morbidity

doldrums, malaise, foreboding, sorrow, pessimism, bitterness, weariness, grief, sadness, despair, misery, woe, discouragement, anguish, horror, distress, oppression, blues, depression, unhappiness

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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


  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 morbidity


1721, from morbid + -ity.

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morbidity 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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