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noun

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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Also called storage life.

Origin of shelf life

First recorded in 1925–30
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shelf life

noun

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