life history


Definition of life history

1 : a history of the changes through which an organism passes in its development from the primary stage to its natural death
2 : the history of an individual or thing

Examples of life history in a Sentence

studying the life history of bears

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Sony's console-end-of-life history is more comparable, largely thanks to the company's savvy end-of-life push for its price-dropping consoles in territories like Brazil and India. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarioWare Gold: A fine example of Nintendo’s weird “end of life” history," 3 Aug. 2018 In addition to its high-quality photos, the book goes beyond most traditional field guides by including rich summaries of life histories and habitats. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "What’s that bug? New Northwest field guide makes it easy to find out," 20 Aug. 2018 And there’s some evidence in favor of the idea that, whatever their life history, the people interred at Stonehenge made the trip posthumously after being cremated back home. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 And now, his legacy as an actor has been cemented in the books of our own real-life history. Raisa Bruner, Time, "A Beloved Game of Thrones Actor Just Received a Real-Life Royal Honor From the Queen," 3 July 2018 Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Moth Night Out at Trinity River Refuge, July 21," 24 June 2018 That clear line disappears, though, in the life histories of these former prisoners. Emily Badger, New York Times, "Have You Ever Seen Someone Be Killed?," 25 May 2018 But the evolutionary adaptations and life history of the dodo remains somewhat hazy. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Murder Most Fowl: Forensic Scan Shows the Legendary Oxford Dodo Was Shot," 20 Apr. 2018 This is because of an interesting quirk in their life history. Dave Taft, New York Times, "The Creepy Magic of the Red-Backed Salamander," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of life history

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of life history was in 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of life history

biology : the full range of changes, habits, and behaviors of a living thing over the course of its life

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Medical Definition of life history

1a : a history of the changes through which an organism passes in its development from the primary stage to its natural death
b : one series of the changes in a life history
2 : the history of an individual's development in his or her social environment

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