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shelf life

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  1. the term or period during which a stored commodity remains effective, useful, or suitable for consumption: Many medicines have a very short shelf life.
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Origin of shelf life

First recorded in 1925–30
Also called storage life.
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shelf life

  1. the length of time a packaged food, chemical, etc, will last without deteriorating
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