body mass index


body mass index

noun

: a measurement that shows the amount of fat in your body and that is based on your weight and height

Full Definition of BODY MASS INDEX

:  a measure of body fat that is the ratio of the weight of the body in kilograms to the square of its height in meters

Examples of BODY MASS INDEX

  1. A person with a body mass index of more than 30 is considered to be obese.

First Known Use of BODY MASS INDEX

1983

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body mass index

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BODY MASS INDEX

: a measure of body fat that is the ratio of the weight of the body in kilograms to the square of its height in meters <a body mass index in adults of 25 to 29.9 is considered an indication of overweight, and 30 or more an indication of obesity>—abbreviation BMI; called also Quetelet index

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