- the rapid increase in numbers of a particular species, especially in the world's human population since the end of World War II, attributed to an accelerating birthrate, a decrease in infant mortality, and an increase in life expectancy.
Origin of population explosion
An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
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- a rapid increase in the size of a population caused by such factors as a sudden decline in infant mortality or an increase in life expectancy
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