• WordNet 3.6
    • adj morbid caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology "diseased tonsils","a morbid growth","pathologic tissue","pathological bodily processes"
    • adj morbid suggesting the horror of death and decay "morbid details"
    • adj morbid suggesting an unhealthy mental state "morbid interest in death","morbid curiosity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns
    • Morbid Gruesome; as, a morbid topic.
    • Morbid Indicating an unhealthy mental attitude or disposition; especially, abnormally gloomy, to an extent not justified by the situation; preoccupied with death, disease, or fear of death; as, a morbid interest in details of a disaster.
    • Morbid Not sound and healthful; induced by a diseased or abnormal condition; diseased; sickly; as, a morbid condition; a morbid constitution; a morbid state of the juices of a plant. "Her sick and morbid heart."
    • Morbid Of or pertaining to disease or diseased parts; as, morbid anatomy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: World?s heaviest primates: morbidly obese humans. After that: gorillas at 485 lbs.
    • morbid Diseased; sickly; not sound and healthful. As applied to mental conditions, it commonly implies an over-sensitive state, involving depression of spirits, in which matters affecting the emotions assume an exaggerated significance.
    • morbid Proceeding from or characteristic of disease or a diseased condition.
    • morbid Relating to disease: as, morbid or pathological anatomy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Morbid mor′bid diseased, sickly: not healthful
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.”
  • Jerry Adler
    Jerry Adler
    “It's a morbid observation, but if every one on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.”
  • Nathalie Sarraute
    Nathalie Sarraute
    “Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. morbidus, fr. morbus, disease; prob. akin to mori, to die: cf. F. morbide, It. morbido,. See Mortal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. morbidusmorbus, disease.


In literature:

Had he been less morbid, less self-accusing, he would have won.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
It cannot be thought morbid.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
Timid, shy people are morbidly self-conscious; they think too much about themselves.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I've thought about it so much that I'm afraid I've grown morbid.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
There will be the usual morbidly curious crowd hanging round, wagging their heads and whispering.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
There were no further morbid appearances.
"An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis" by Archibald Makellar
She's really quite morbid about it.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
My gloom deepened, my liver grew more and more confirmed in its morbid inaction.
"Much Darker Days" by Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
In the face of such things it is difficult to reiterate the denial that Ivan was a morbid boy.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
When there is any interference with these activities, then morbid symptoms appear, which ultimately must end in disaster and death.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
It was well known that a morbid brooding had taken complete possession of him.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Hypernutrition, or excessive nutrition of a tissue, may be normal or morbid.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
So you see I have no occasion for morbid or unnatural sympathy with any of the Indian kind.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
He was morbidly afraid of young women, and as fear and hate are one, he hated women, "because they had no ideas," he said.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
In this instance the morbid mind of the mother affected several successive issues of her body.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
This morbid condition sometimes seriously impairs the health.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
Whereupon he fell into a meditation somewhat morbid.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
There was morbidity; there was neurotic unwisdom, in the manner in which he dealt with all these people.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Bentham was thus a strangely precocious, and a morbidly sensitive child, when it was decided in 1755 to send him to Westminster.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Soldiers with crossed bayonets keep out the crowd of curious people who have morbid appetites to gratify.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker

In poetry:

My God!
Those morbid olive faultless shoulder-blades—
I should have known there was no blood beneath!
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning
In vain you talk of morbid dreams;
In vain you gaily smiling say,
That what to me so dreary seems,
The healthy mind deems bright and gay.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
There was an Old Man of Vesuvius,
Who studied the works of Vitruvius;
When the flames burnt his book,
To drinking he took,
That morbid Old Man of Vesuvius.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Vesuvius," by Edward Lear
London is a woeful place,
Shropshire is much pleasanter.
Then let us smile a little space
Upon fond nature's morbid grace.
Oh, Woe, woe, woe, etcetera. . . .
"Mr. Housman's Message" by Ezra Pound
What can bid my heart-ache fly?
What can bid my heart-ache die?
What can all the ills dispel,
In my morbid frame that dwell?
The dinner-bell! the dinner-bell!
"Duet" by Thomas Love Peacock
III. Oh yes! this brow is his, broad, candid, fair,
That speaks the true, the guileless, honest soul;
But o'er the spotless transcript morbid Care
And Time (of late) their withering fingers stole.
"The Picture" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

I feel that it was very morbid for a photo to be taken and then placed not only online, but also on the front page of your newspaper.
Welcome to Blood-Soaked Sin City, Frank Miller's Morbid Fantasia.
Nov 16 — Some 4 million Americans are morbidly obese, the second leading cause of preventable death.
Teacher fired for morbid valentine.
Gibson Dunn's Estrada Scores for 'Merchants of Morbidity ' in NYC Tobacco Warnings Case.
Phil to confront morbidly obese woman on his show Monday.
Bob Dylan's latest album Tempest is morbidly redemptive.
My Daughter's Morbidly Heart-Felt Note To Great-Grandma.
Generations of morbid jokes set to be resurrected with the investigation.
As a result, neurological complications of these disorders can result in significant morbidity and mortality.
It is widely accepted that thyroid surgery is not without morbidity.
Hip fractures significantly contribute to morbidity and mortality, particularly in the elderly population.
Morbidity and mortality are high in young children with medulloblastoma who receive craniospinal radiotherapy.
Rates of mortality and morbidity are high in this population.
Treatments are associated with morbidity.

In science:

In some institutions, patients with co-morbid disease are not approached to enter a trial despite being eligible.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
Many ecologists define a parasite as an organism that lives in or on a host, from which it derives food and other biological necessities, and that reduces the fitness of the host by causing morbidity or death, or by decreasing its reproductive success (see, e.g., [167]).
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Co-morbidity and familial aggregation of alcoholism and anxiety disorders.
Generalized score test of homogeneity for mixed effects models
Cooper, G., Coe, B., Girirajan, S., Rosenfeld, J., Vu, T., Baker, C., Williams, C., Stalker, H., Hamid, R., Hannig, V. et al. (2011). A copy number variation morbidity map of developmental delay.
Kernel-based aggregation of marker-level genetic association tests involving copy-number variation
Khatab, K. and Fahrmeir, L. (2009) Analysis of Childhood Morbidity with Geoadditive Probit and Latent Variable Model: A Case Study for Egypt, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 81, 1, 116-128.
Spatial Discrete Choice and Spatial Limited Dependent Variable Models: a review with an emphasis on the use in Regional Health Economics
Interactions between these pathogens, which can be synergistic or antagonistic, can affect infection biology (e.g. the intensity of one or both infections), host susceptibility to infection, or may impact on the host’s morbidity or/and mortality.
A coupled hidden Markov model for disease interactions