vital statistics
noun plural Date: circa 1837 1. statistics relating to births, deaths, marriages, health, and disease 2. facts (as physical dimensions or quantities) considered to be interesting or important; especially a woman's bust, waist, and hip measurements

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  • Vital statistics — Vital Vi tal, a. [F., fr. L. vitalis, fr. vita life; akin to vivere to live. See {Vivid}.] 1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions. [1913 Webster] 2. Contributing to life;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vital statistics — are the information maintained by a government, recording the birth and death of individuals within that government s jurisdiction. These data are used by public health programs to evaluate how effective their programs are. They are the… …   Wikipedia

  • vital statistics — 1837, with reference to birth, marriage, death, etc.; meaning a woman s bust, waist, and hip measurements is from 1952. See VITAL (Cf. vital) …   Etymology dictionary

  • vital statistics — index census Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vital statistics — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) quantitative data concerning the population, such as the number of births, marriages, and deaths. 2) informal the measurements of a woman s bust, waist, and hips …   English terms dictionary

  • vital statistics — n. 1. data on births, deaths, marriages, etc. 2. specific facts, and, often, quantitative information, about a person or thing 3. Informal a woman s bust, waist, and hip measurements …   English World dictionary

  • VITAL STATISTICS — Introduction GENERAL EXPLANATION Population changes reflect the natural facts of life: births and deaths. Births, in turn, have long been largely governed by the mechanisms of family formation. Vital statistics are compilations of data on… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • vital statistics — 1) N PLURAL: usu with poss The vital statistics of a population are statistics such as the number of births, deaths, or marriages which take place in it. 2) N PLURAL: usu with poss Someone s vital statistics, especially a woman s, are the… …   English dictionary

  • vital statistics — n. to gather; record; report vital statistics * * * [ˌvaɪtlstə tɪstɪks] record report vital statistics to gather …   Combinatory dictionary

  • vital statistics — n. the measurements of a person’s body. □ Her vital statistics must require higher math to work out! □ Here are his vital statistics for those who are interested …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • vital statistics — Statistics of births, deaths, and marriages within a country, which provide the essential basis for demography . They include crude rates matching vital events to total populations, and more sophisticated measures of fertility, nuptiality, and… …   Dictionary of sociology

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