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1. A condition, disease, or disaster ending in death.
2. An individual instance of death.


(fā-tăl′ĭ-tē, fə-)
n. pl. fatali·ties
a. A death resulting from an accident or disaster: highway fatalities.
b. One who is killed as a result of such an occurrence: The driver was one of the fatalities.
2. The ability to cause death or disaster.


Etymology: L, fatalis, preordained
1 an individual case of death.
2 a condition, disease, accident, or disaster resulting in death.


Public health Death; a death, usually understood to be accidental in nature. See Occupational fatality.

Patient discussion about fatality

Q. which is the most fatal cancer type?

A. pancreatic- cancer that develops from pancreas cells:


Q. Which among them is fatal? I want to know the types of bipolar disorders and how to differentiate them? Which among them is fatal?

A. Bipolar disorders are of 3 types: Bipolar 1, Bipolar 2 and Cyclothymic . Bipolar 1 affected person has severe mood swings from high mania to depression and here treatment is given for mania. A bipolar 2 disorder episode involves mild mania also called hypomania that alternate with depression and this depression episode needs treatment. Cyclothymic disorder person have milder mood changes.Bipolar 1 person tend to have more fatal symptoms.

Q. Is arthritis a dangerous illness? Is it fatal? My girlfriend was diagnosed with arthritis 3 days ago and I'm really scared. need to know some details...

A. so is there anything I can do to help her?

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The railroad transportation industry's fatality rate is consistently considerably higher than the overall private-sector rate, but is steadily improving.
In new research unrelated to the BLS workplace fatality data, it was found that truck drivers who routinely get too little sleep or suffer from sleep apnea show signs of fatigue and impaired performance that can make them a hazard on the road.
The decline in underground fatality rates across this 20-year time period are due primarily to substantial decreases in the rates of fatal incidents involving falls of roof, the use of powered haulage, and disastrous incidents including ignitions or explosions of gas or dust, and fires.
While Fatality Free Friday aims for no road deaths on May 31, we want motorists to keep the message top of mind every time they get behind the wheel, 365 days a year, to reduce the carnage on our roads.
Year Fatality incidents Fatalities 1995-99 1,109 2,949 1995 231 694 1996 194 551 1997 222 540 1998 227 550 1999 235 614 Average 222 590
Data tables include: (1) trends in pedestrian and total traffic fatalities, 1990-2000; (2) pedestrians killed and injured, by age group, 2000; (3) non-occupant traffic fatalities, 1990-2000; (4) pedestrian fatalities, by time of day and day of week, 2000; (5) alcohol involvement in fatal pedestrian crashes; (6) alcohol involvement for pedestrians killed in fatal crashes, by age, 1990 and 2000; (7) pedestrians killed and injured, and fatality and injury rates, by age and sex, 2000; and (8) pedestrian traffic fatalities and fatality rates by state, 2000.
Data include: (1) trends in pedalcyclist and total traffic fatalities, 1990-2000; (2) non-occupant traffic fatalities, 1990-2000; (3) pedalcyclists killed and injured, and fatality and injury rates, by age and sex, 2000; and (4) pedalcyclist traffic fatalities and fatality rates by state, 2000.