from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being mortal.
- n. Mortals considered as a group; the human race.
- n. Death, especially of large numbers; heavy loss of life: the mortality wrought by an epidemic.
- n. Death rate.
- n. The rate of failure or loss: the high mortality among family-run farms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being susceptible to death
- n. The death rate of a population
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying.
- n. Human life; the life of a mortal being.
- n. Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human race; humanity; human nature.
- n. Death; destruction.
- n. The whole sum or number of deaths in a given time or a given community; also, the proportion of deaths to population, or to a specific number of the population; death rate
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or character of being mortal, or of being subject to death, or to the necessity of dying.
- n. Death.
- n. Frequency of death; numerousness of deaths; deaths in relation to their numbers: as, a time of great mortality.
- n. Specifically, the number of deaths in proportion to population: usually stated as the number of deaths per thousand of population.
- n. The duration of human life.
- n. Humanity; human nature; the human race.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality or state of being mortal
- n. the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year
"Socioeconomic disparity in mortality is pervasive, and it continues to increase," said Ahmedin Jemal, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society who lead the study.
The assertion of a 1% reduction in mortality is not necessarily orthogonal to a 41-91% reduction in hospitalizations.
Living standards are now independent of population levels, so any reduction in mortality is an unalloyed blessing.
I realize the title of my report sounds bizarre, but before you label me insane, consider the following well-established fact -- The Telemark Polyp Study demonstrated a 57% increase in mortality among patients screened for colon cancer vis-à-vis unscreened controls.
Generalized weakness, malaise, loss of coordination and respiratory arrest may be present; mortality is close to 50percent in some studies.
For example, while he allows that, in mortality rates, the inner-city men at age 68 to 70 resembled the Terman and Harvard cohorts at 78 to 80, he says that most of the difference can be explained by less education, more obesity, and greater abuse of alcohol and cigarettes.
Such comparisons have shown a dramatic difference in mortality between these two groups: study after study has found that people who get a flu shot in the fall are about half as likely to die that winter — from any cause — as people who do not.
‘The one human flaw, mortality, is the one thing that makes you whole.’
Unfortunately, there are a lot of miscarriages, and infant-maternal mortality is uncomfortably high (certainly higher than one would expect in the American heartland).
Writing in the Lancet medical journal, Knoll and colleague Christopher Murray said they found under-5 mortality is falling in every region of the world with increases in only Swaziland, Lesotho, Equatorial Guinea and Antigua and Barbuda.