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The file of data concerning all cases of a specified condition, such as cancer, occurring in a defined population; the register is the actual document, and the registry is the system of ongoing registration.
[Mediev. L. registrum, fr. L.L. regero, pp. regestum to record]
register[LL. regesta, list]
1. An official recording of vital statistics, including date and place of birth, marriage(s), and death. Recording these data is a legal requirement in the U.S.
2. The compass or range of a voice.
3. A series of tones of like quality or character, as low or high register, chest or head register.