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[dih-mog-ruh-fee] /dɪˈmɒg rə fi/
the science of vital and social statistics, as of the births, deaths, diseases, marriages, etc., of populations.
Origin of demography
1875-80; demo- + -graphy
Related forms
demographer, demographist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for demography
  • For a college admissions officer, demography is destiny.
  • Market research demography is a creativity buzz kill.
  • Texts on world demography risk being every bit as dry as the numbers underlying explosive population growth.
  • Check the demography of developed contries.
  • The data is not just population and demography, it is also human geography and cartography.
  • And here it is necessary to point out the conflict between the interests of demography and of the individual.
  • In all these universities the emphasis has been primarily on demography and on the economic aspects of population growth.
  • The one novelty here is an unusual attention to demography.
  • One area of difference has not got the attention it deserves: demography.
  • The number of generalists -- family doctors -- is a function of demography.
British Dictionary definitions for demography


the scientific study of human populations, esp with reference to their size, structure, and distribution
Derived Forms
demographer, demographist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French démographie, from Greek dēmos the populace; see -graphy
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Word Origin and History for demography

1880, from Greek demos "people" (see demotic) + -graphy.

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demography in Medicine

demography de·mog·ra·phy (dĭ-mŏg'rə-fē)
The study of the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics.

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demography in Culture
demography [(di-mog-ruh-fee)]

The quantitative study of human populations. Demographers study subjects such as the geographical distribution of people, birth and death rates, socioeconomic status, and age and sex distributions in order to identify the influences on population growth, structure, and development.

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