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noun

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.

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Origin of life span

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for life span

life span

noun

the period of time during which a human being, animal, machine, etc, may be expected to live or function under normal conditions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for life span

life span

n.

A lifetime.
The average or maximum length of time an organism, a material, or an object can be expected to survive or last.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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