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life expectancy

the probable number of years remaining in the life of an individual or class of persons determined statistically, affected by such factors as heredity, physical condition, nutrition, and occupation.
Also called expectancy of life.
Origin of life expectancy
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Height, weight, life-expectancy have fallen perceptibly every decade since then.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • In the twentieth century disease lessened and life-expectancy doubled, in certain areas.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for life-expectancy

life expectancy

the statistically determined average number of years of life remaining after a specified age for a given group of individuals Also called expectation of life
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life-expectancy in Medicine

life expectancy n.
The number of years that one is expected to live as determined by statistics.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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