mortality

[mawr-tal-i-tee]

noun, plural mor·tal·i·ties.

the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.
the relative frequency of deaths in a specific population; death rate.
mortal beings collectively; humanity.
death or destruction on a large scale, as from war, plague, or famine.
Obsolete. death.

Nearby words

  1. mortadella,
  2. mortal,
  3. mortal mind,
  4. mortal sin,
  5. mortal sin/venial sin,
  6. mortality rate,
  7. mortality table,
  8. mortally,
  9. mortar,
  10. mortarboard

Origin of mortality

1300–50; Middle English mortalite < Middle French < Latin mortālitās. See mortal, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for mortality

mortality

noun plural -ties

the condition of being mortal
great loss of life, as in war or disaster
the number of deaths in a given period
mankind; humanity
an obsolete word for death
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Word Origin and History for mortality

mortality

n.

mid-14c., "condition of being mortal," from Old French mortalite "massacre, slaughter; fatal illness; poverty; destruction" (12c.), from Latin mortalitem (nominative mortalitas) "state of being mortal; subjection to death," from mortalis (see mortal (adj.)). Meaning "widespread death" is from c.1400; meaning "number of deaths from some cause or in a given period" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mortality

mortality

[môr-tălĭ-tē]

n.

The quality or condition of being mortal.
Death rate.

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