Morbidity


Morbidity

In medicine, epidemiology and actuarial science, the term "morbidity" can refer to:
* the state of poor health (from Latin "morbidus": sick, unhealthy)
* the degree or severity of a health condition
* the prevalence of a health condition: the "total" number of cases in a particular population at a particular point in time
* the incidence of a disease: the number of "new" cases in a particular population during a particular period
* disability, irrespective of cause (for instance, disability caused by accidents)

The term "morbidity rate" can refer to either the incidence rate, or the prevalence rate of a disease. Compare this with the mortality rate of a condition, which is the number of people dying during a given time interval, divided by the total number of people in the population. Morbidity is often measured by ICU scoring systems.

ee also

*Comorbidity
*Morbidity & Mortality (about the medical conference)
*Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (a publication)


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  • morbidity — [môr bid′ə tē] n. pl. morbidities 1. state, quality, or instance of being morbid 2. the rate of disease or proportion of diseased persons in a given locality, nation, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • morbidity — /mɔˈbɪdəti/ (say maw biduhtee) noun 1. morbid state or quality. 2. the proportion of sickness in a locality: *the morbidity and mortality from alcohol is well known and very high –frank crowley and lorna cartwright, 1977 …   Australian English dictionary

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  • morbidity — morbid ► ADJECTIVE 1) having or showing an unhealthy interest in unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease. 2) Medicine of the nature of or indicative of disease. DERIVATIVES morbidity noun morbidly adverb. ORIGIN from Latin morbus… …   English terms dictionary

  • morbidity — noun 1. the relative incidence of a particular disease • Hypernyms: ↑incidence, ↑relative incidence 2. an abnormally gloomy or unhealthy state of mind his fear of being alone verges on morbidity • Syn: ↑morbidness • …   Useful english dictionary

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