vital statistics

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plural noun
  1. statistics concerning human life or the conditions affecting human life and the maintenance of population.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for vital statistics

vital statistics

pl n
  1. quantitative data concerning human life or the conditions and aspects affecting it, such as the death rate
  2. informal the measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips
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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.

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vital statistics in Medicine

vital statistics

  1. Statistics concerning the important events in human life, such as births, deaths, marriages, and migrations.
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