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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.

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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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