life span


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for life span

  • He acquired all sorts of magic powers by means of which he extended his life-span.

  • Now, of course, shortened working hours and medical advances have equalized the life-span.

    This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
  • That's where the men astern would find use for the life-span.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for life span

life span


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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Medical definitions for life span

life span


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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