Words nearby mortality
MORTALITY VS. MORBIDITY
What’s the difference between mortality and morbidity?
In a medical context, the word mortality refers to relative frequency of deaths in a specific population or location (sometimes called the mortality rate), while the word morbidity refers to the incidence or prevalence of a disease in a specific population or location (sometimes called the morbidity rate).
The related word cormorbidity is used in medical contexts to refer to the state of having multiple medical conditions at the same time.
In this context, morbidity relates to sickness, while mortality relates to death.
Both morbidity and mortality are also used in nontechnical ways. Morbidity is the noun form of the adjective morbid, which most commonly means excessively gloomy or having an unusual interest in dark subjects, like death. Morbidity, then, can be used to refer to the quality of having this interest, as in Her latest novel lacks the morbidity of her earlier works.
Mortality, on the other hand, most commonly refers to the state or condition of being subject to death, as in Humans are aware of their own mortality. The opposite of this is immortality—unending life.
Here’s an example of mortality and morbidity used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: Studies show that while the morbidity in the region remains quite high, the mortality rate from the disease has continued to drop.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between mortality and morbidity.
Quiz yourself on mortality vs. morbidity!
Should mortality or morbidity be used in the following sentence?
It is hoped that the vaccination program will decrease _____ among the population, and, as a result, reduce the number of deaths from the disease.
How to use mortality in a sentence
Khat “contributes to the family breakdown in our society, and it increases morbidity and mortality resulting from khat consumption,” says Awale.How the Pandemic Is Saving Lives in the Horn of Africa|Eromo Egbejule|September 3, 2020|Ozy
Sorting out the causes of age and race disparities in colorectal cancer incidences and mortalities, and understanding the nature of the disease more thoroughly, will take time.
To forecast population, you need to look at three factors—fertility, mortality, and migration.How Rising Education for Women Is Shaping the Global Population - Facts So Romantic|Kiki Sanford|August 19, 2020|Nautilus
According to the paper, the UN uses trends from the past to predict how fertility and mortality will evolve across countries in the future.This Century Will See Massive Shifts in the Global Population, Economy, and Power Structure|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|July 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
In simulations of epidemics with a low rate of transmission, widespread mask wearing is “very, very effective at reducing hospitalizations and mortality,” he says.Why scientists say wearing masks shouldn’t be controversial|Tina Hesman Saey|June 26, 2020|Science News
With a mortality rate of 70 percent, the more cases that arise, the deadlier this epidemic becomes.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine|Abby Haglage|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women|Samantha Allen|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That data (collected in 2012 and 2013) is obsolete: Jesse Logan confirms both areas are “now showing significant mortality.”
Current human-caused grizzly mortality is at a near record high: 56 killed in 2012.
Experts generally consider known mortality to represent about half of actual grizzly bear deaths for the ecosystem.
He explains the late departure of the ships for Nueva España, and the consequent mortality reported on one of them.
Seen in this light, infant mortality and the cruel wastage of disease were viewed with complacence.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
With what power would come the promise of the resurrection of the body, amid the crumbling relics of mortality!The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
We might read between the lines his noble love of mankind, his compassion for our helplessness, our mortality and pettiness.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Where such cases occur, patients should be fully prepared for the worst As a rule, the mortality is from 40 to 70 per centum.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley