- the longest period over which the life of any organism or species may extend, according to the available biological knowledge concerning it.
- the longevity of an individual.
Origin of life span
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for life span
He acquired all sorts of magic powers by means of which he extended his life-span.The Chinese Fairy Book
As to the life-span itself there is reason to suppose that it is meant to be more regular than man allows it to become.The Conquest of Fear
That's where the men astern would find use for the life-span.The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats
James R. Mears
Now, of course, shortened working hours and medical advances have equalized the life-span.This Crowded Earth
- the period of time during which a human being, animal, machine, etc, may be expected to live or function under normal conditions
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- A lifetime.
- The average or maximum length of time an organism, a material, or an object can be expected to survive or last.
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