Definition: Underlying cause of death

Category: Living conditions

"Underlying cause of death" means the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury World Health Organization (WHO), "ICD-10. International Stat. Classification of Diseases" (1992)
Commission Regulation (EU) No 328/2011 of 5 April 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1338/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work, as regards statistics on causes of death