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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
1830-1840
1830-40; 1940-45 for def 2
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British Dictionary definitions for vital statisticses

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 statisticses

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 statisticses 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 statisticses

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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