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Recorded since 1656; from morbid, from Latin morbidus (diseased), from morbus (disease), from the root of morī (to die) or from Proto-Indo-European *mer- (to rub, pound, wear away).

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morbidity (countable and uncountable, plural morbidities)

  1. The quality of being unhealthful or diseased, sometimes including the cause.
  2. The quality of being morbid; an attitude or state of mind marked by gloom.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      He taught him how to be superior to human foibles and how to give a godlike laugh at himself as a way of fending off morbidity. He did all the things for him that a woman is grateful for, except that Magnus is a man.
  3. (medicine) The incidence of a disease, as a rate of a population which is affected.
  4. (medicine, countable) An occurrence of illness or disease, or a single symptom of that illness.
  5. (medicine, countable) Adverse effects caused by a medical treatment such as surgery.
  6. (demography, insurance) The sickness rate of a population.

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