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noun American English pronunciation: mortality /mɔrˈtæləti/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the number of deaths within a particular area, group, etc.

    a decline in infant mortality

    mortality rate:

    The mortality rate has recently increased.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] formal death

      the most common causes of mortality in later life

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the fact that your life will end

    These deaths are reminders of our own mortality.

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