Medical Definition of Mortality rate, fetal

Mortality rate, fetal: The ratio of fetal deaths to the sum of the births (the live births + the fetal deaths) in that year. In the United States, the fetal mortality rate plummeted from 19.2 per 1,000 births in 1950 to 9.2 per 1,000 births in 1980.

Last Editorial Review: 7/1/2016

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