vital statistics

noun
1.
statistics concerning human life or the conditions affecting human life and the maintenance of population.
2.
Facetious. the measurements of a woman's figure, especially the bust, waist, and hips.

Origin:
1830–40; 1940–45 for def 2

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vital statistics
 
pl n
1.  quantitative data concerning human life or the conditions and aspects affecting it, such as the death rate
2.  informal the measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips

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

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vital statistics definition


  1. n.
    the measurements of a person's body. : Her vital statistics must require higher math to work out!
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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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Example sentences
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.
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