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body mass index

[ bod-ee mas in-deks ]
/ ˈbɒd i ˌmæs ˌɪn dɛks /
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noun
an index for assessing overweight and underweight, obtained by dividing body weight in kilograms by height in meters squared: a measure of 25 or more is considered overweight.
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Also called BMI [bee-em-ahy] /ˈbiˈɛmˈaɪ/ .

Origin of body mass index

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for body mass index

body mass index

noun
an index used to indicate whether a person is over- or underweight. It is obtained by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres. An index of 20–25 is normalAbbreviation: BMI
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Medical definitions for body mass index

body mass index

n.
A measurement of the relative percentages of fat and muscle mass in the human body, in which mass in kilograms is divided by height in meters squared and the result used as an index of obesity.
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Scientific definitions for body mass index

body mass index
[ bŏdē ]

A measurement of the relative percentages of fat and muscle mass in the human body, in which weight in kilograms is divided by height in meters squared. The result is used as an index of obesity.
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