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. 2019

Related Words for lifespan

senescence, senility, generation, dotage, lifetime, oldness, caducity

Examples from the Web for lifespan

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Historical Examples of lifespan

  • And what the hell, the doctors are increasing our lifespan every day with new drugs and things, aren't they?

    The Slizzers

    Jerome Bixby

British Dictionary definitions for lifespan

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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Word Origin and History for lifespan

also life span, 1918, from life (n.) + span (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lifespan in Medicine

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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