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[dih-mog-ruh-fee] /dɪˈmɒg rə fi/
the science of vital and social statistics, as of the births, deaths, diseases, marriages, etc., of populations.
Origin of demography
First recorded in 1875-80; demo- + -graphy
Related forms
demographer, demographist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for demographies


the scientific study of human populations, esp with reference to their size, structure, and distribution
Derived Forms
demographer, demographist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French démographie, from Greek dēmos the populace; see -graphy
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Word Origin and History for demographies



1880, from Greek demos "people" (see demotic) + -graphy.

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demographies in Medicine

demography de·mog·ra·phy (dĭ-mŏg'rə-fē)
The study of the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics.

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demographies in Culture
demography [(di-mog-ruh-fee)]

The quantitative study of human populations. Demographers study subjects such as the geographical distribution of people, birth and death rates, socioeconomic status, and age and sex distributions in order to identify the influences on population growth, structure, and development.

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