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shelf life

noun
1.
the term or period during which a stored commodity remains effective, useful, or suitable for consumption:
Many medicines have a very short shelf life.
Also called storage life.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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shelf life

noun
1.
the length of time a packaged food, chemical, etc, will last without deteriorating
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