the quality of being deadly
the fact of something being lethal; the ability of something to kill
the rate of death of organisms exposed to something
the quality of being lethal; mortality
Origin: [Cf. F. lthalit.]
Lethality or deadliness is how capable something is of causing death. Most often it is used when referring to chemical weapons, biological weapons, or their chemical components. The use of this term denotes the ability of these weapons to kill, but also the possibility that they may not kill. Reasons for the lethality of a weapon to be inconsistent, or expressed by percentage, can be as varied as minimized exposure to the weapon, previous exposure to the weapon minimizing susceptibility, degradation of the weapon over time and/or distance, and incorrect deployment of a multi-component weapon. This term can also refer to the after-effects of weapon use, such as Nuclear Fallout, which has highest lethality nearest the deployment site, and in proportion to the subject's size and nature; e.g. a child or small animal. Lethality can also refer to the after-effects of a chemical explosion. A lethality curve can be developed for process safety reasons to protect people and equipment. The impact is typically greatest closest to the explosion site and lessens to the outskirts of the impact zone. Pressure, toxicity and location affect the lethality. Lethality is also a term used by microbiologists and food scientists as a measure of the ability of a process to destroy bacteria. Lethality may be determined by enumeration of survivors after incremental exposures.
The numerical value of Lethality in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Lethality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The entire missile stays together, and the entire missile is what delivers the lethality or the impact to the incoming round.
If you want to know what drives my decision-making going forward, it's about lethality and readiness; the business of war-fighting.
Lethality is not the only form of dangerousness, the lethality of a substance is absolutely relevant to the making of public policy, but it is only one part.
As their capabilities in the maritime space expand, it means the range and lethality of (Southeast Asian) strike forces will also increase, if there is a confrontation and it escalates, there is a potential for a more lethal conflict.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan claimed 17,000 and 16,000 lives respectively in 2016, although in lethality they were surpassed by conflicts in Mexico City and Central America, which have received much less attention from the media and the international community.
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