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Glossary of Terms

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Mortality

Definition: The number of people who die. Mortality is usually measured for people who have something in common, such as having a particular disease or being of a certain age.

Example:

Researchers studied the mortality of men who had their prostate gland removed as treatment for prostate cancer. After 10 years, 27 percent of all the men had died, but only 10 percent had died because of prostate cancer instead of some other cause.

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