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population explosion

noun
1.
the rapid increase in numbers of a particular species, especially in the world's human population since the end of World War II, attributed to an accelerating birthrate, a decrease in infant mortality, and an increase in life expectancy.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism
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population explosion

noun
1.
a rapid increase in the size of a population caused by such factors as a sudden decline in infant mortality or an increase in life expectancy
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