Definition of infant mortality in English:

infant mortality


  • [mass noun] The death of children under the age of one year.

    ‘the decline of infant mortality in the 20th century’
    [as modifier] ‘the infant mortality rate’
    • ‘The infant mortality rate stood at 87.83 deaths per thousand live births.’
    • ‘The rate of infant mortality is eleven deaths for every one thousand live births.’
    • ‘The number of child deaths in the district contributed to one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country last year.’
    • ‘One of the most sensitive indicators of a nation's health is that of infant mortality, the death rate of children under 1 year of age.’
    • ‘It is only because infant mortality rates have reduced so substantially in the last century that these deaths have become a matter of comment and research.’
    • ‘The neighborhood suffers high rates of infant mortality, asthma, birth defects and cancer.’
    • ‘The UK's worst six constituencies for premature death and infant mortality are inside Glasgow's city boundaries.’
    • ‘The infant mortality rate may be something to boast of, but death still comes early for Cuban rural workers.’
    • ‘The death rate and infant mortality have declined, and life expectancy has increased.’
    • ‘Both experience unconscionable rates of morbidity, infant mortality, and violent deaths.’