body mass index

noun
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of body mass index

1983


BODY MASS INDEX Defined for English Language Learners

body mass index

noun

Definition of body mass index for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

body mass index

noun

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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