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vital statistics

plural 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 of vital statistics
1830-1840
1830-40; 1940-45 for def 2
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vital statistics

plural noun
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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Word Origin and History for vital statistics
n.

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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