- statistics concerning human life or the conditions affecting human life and the maintenance of population.
- Facetious. the measurements of a woman's figure, especially the bust, waist, and hips.
Origin of vital statistics
1830–40; 1940–45 for def 2
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- quantitative data concerning human life or the conditions and aspects affecting it, such as the death rate
- informal the measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips
Word Origin and History for vital statistics
1837, with reference to birth, marriage, death, etc.; meaning "a woman's bust, waist, and hip measurements" is from 1952. See vital.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Statistics concerning the important events in human life, such as births, deaths, marriages, and migrations.
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