Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality of being morbid; morbidness.
  • noun The rate of incidence of a disease.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A morbid condition or state; morbidness.
  • noun The proportion of diseased persons in a community; the sick-rate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being morbid.
  • noun Morbid quality; disease; sickness.
  • noun Amount of disease; rate of sickness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being unhealthful, morbid
  • noun medicine The incidence of a disease, as a rate of a population which is affected.
  • noun medicine, countable An occurrence of illness or disease, or a single symptom of that illness.
  • noun medicine, countable Adverse effects caused by a medical treatment such as surgery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an abnormally gloomy or unhealthy state of mind
  • noun the relative incidence of a particular disease
  • noun the quality of being unhealthful and generally bad for you

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since 1656; from morbid, from Latin morbidus ("diseased"), from morbus ("disease"), from the root of mori ("to die") or from a Proto-Indo-European base mor "to rub, pound, wear away".

Examples

  • The stability of a child's early life has profound effects on physical and mental health, and unstable parent-child relationships, as well as abuse, can lead to behavioral disorders and increased mortality and morbidity from a wide variety of common diseases later in life.

    A California Ruling

  • Otto S, Mahner B, Kadow I, et al. General non-specific morbidity is reduced after vaccination within the third month of life — the Greifswald study.

    Vaccine Safety FAQs

  • However, even after controlling for such behavior and other health-related factors, the improvements in morbidity and mortality rates exceeded expectations.

    2008 November - Telic Thoughts

  • Otto S, Mahner B, Kadow I, et al. General non-specific morbidity is reduced after vaccination within the third month of life — the Greifswald study.

    Vaccine Safety FAQs

  • Befitting her age, Gardam more than teases at infirmity and death, but the prospect of morbidity is never morbid.

    Old Media Monday: Reviewing the Reviewers

  • However, even after controlling for such behavior and other health-related factors, the improvements in morbidity and mortality rates exceeded expectations.

    Attending Religious Services Sharply Cuts Risk Of Death

  • And yet, Justice Kennedy suggests, and many here seem to agree, that future problematic psychological morbidity is sufficient reason to ban a certain physical procedure which is often safer for the patient.

    Balkinization

  • And yet, Justice Kennedy suggests, and many here seem to agree, that future problematic psychological morbidity is sufficient reason to ban a certain physical procedure which is often safer for the patient.

    Balkinization

  • And yet, Justice Kennedy suggests, and many here seem to agree, that future problematic psychological morbidity is sufficient reason to ban a certain physical procedure which is often safer for the patient.

    Balkinization

  • And yet, Justice Kennedy suggests, and many here seem to agree, that future problematic psychological morbidity is sufficient reason to ban a certain physical procedure which is often safer for the patient.

    Balkinization

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