life span


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.

Nearby words

  1. life science,
  2. life sentence,
  3. life signs,
  4. life skill,
  5. life space,
  6. life stress,
  7. life support,
  8. life table,
  9. life vest,
  10. life zone

Origin of life span

First recorded in 1915–20

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British Dictionary definitions for lifespan

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
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Word Origin and History for lifespan

lifespan

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for lifespan

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.

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