Medical Definition of Death rate

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Death rate: The number of deaths in the population divided by the average population (or the population at midyear) is the crude death rate. A death rate can also be tabulated according to age or cause.

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Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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