health span

noun

Definition of health span

: the length of time in one's life during which an individual is in reasonably good health
  • A revolutionary increase in life span has already occurred. A corresponding increase in health span, the maintenance of full function as nearly as possible to the end of life, should be the next gerontological goal.
  • —John W. Rowe and Robert L. Kahn
  • Several genetic studies in mice suggest that the elimination of senescent cells from the organism leads to extension of the mouse's health span and lifespan.
  • —Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

First Known Use of health span

1931

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