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vital statistics

statistics concerning human life or the conditions affecting human life and the maintenance of population.
Facetious. the measurements of a woman's figure, especially the bust, waist, and hips.
1830-40; 1940-45 for def 2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vital statistics
  • To him even the extinction of the human race should be merely a fact to be grouped with other vital statistics.
  • As soon as she'd finished, the turtle team hopped into action to record her vital statistics.
  • Gulf countries have reasonably good healthcare systems and vital statistics reporting.
  • It cannot be denied that when it comes to evaluating life's burdens, vital statistics are the ultimate tests.
  • vital statistics are considered to be the foundation of public health.
British Dictionary definitions for vital statistics

vital statistics

plural noun
quantitative data concerning human life or the conditions and aspects affecting it, such as the death rate
(informal) the measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips
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Word Origin and History for vital statistics

1837, with reference to birth, marriage, death, etc.; meaning "a woman's bust, waist, and hip measurements" is from 1952. See vital.

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vital statistics in Medicine

vital statistics pl.n.
Statistics concerning the important events in human life, such as births, deaths, marriages, and migrations.

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Encyclopedia Article for vital statistics

relative frequencies of vital occurrences that affect changes in the size and composition of a population. When calculated per 1,000 inhabitants-as is conventional in vital-statistics publications-they are referred to as crude rates. More refined rates often must be used in the more meaningful analysis of population change

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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