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DEATH RATE

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French Equivalent: Taux de mortalité

Definition:
The number of deaths in a given period divided by the population exposed to risk of death in that period. For human populations the period is usually one year and if the population is changing in size over the year the divisor is taken as the population at the mid-year. The death rate as so defined is called “crude”.

If some refinement is introduced by relating mortality to the age and sex constitution (or other factors) for comparative purposes the rate is said to be standardised.

Source Publication:

A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002

Last updated on Monday, March 03, 2003