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Mortality table

\mɔrˈtæləti\ \ˈteɪbəl\

A set of mortality rates defined for each age, usually spanning ages 0 to 115 or 120.

The table will usually represent the pattern of mortality experienced by age for a specific group of individuals, with the experience having been smoothed to form a gradual progression of mortality with age.

The rates will typically fall over the first few months of life before increasing with age. An exception to this is the period during late teenage years and early twenties when people (particularly men) experience a number of years of heightened mortality. This extra mortality is largely due to the risks of years of late youth / early adulthood - cars, alcohol, etc - hence it is known as the ‘accident hump’.

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