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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If a radical shift in life history requires a big boost in gene content, the Aurelia genome should be riddled with novel genes unique to jellyfish. Quanta Magazine, "Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex," 8 Jan. 2019 Those early drafts, Ross says, become a kind of life history of the play. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At La Jolla Playhouse, ‘The Luckiest’ looks at who sticks around when crisis strikes," 21 June 2019 Based on real-life history, the film centers on a pivotal Shanghai battle in 1937 during the Sino-Japanese war. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chinese Industry On Edge After "Depressing" Censorship of Shanghai Festival's Opening Film," 15 June 2019 Holmes pins the trend to the different life histories of RNA and DNA viruses, too. Quanta Magazine, "Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them," 13 Sep. 2017 Colin Dayan’s brief but explosive memoir of her relationship to her mother should find a place among the more indelible life histories of the last several years. Jane Tompkins,, "Colin Dayan's 'In the Belly of Her Ghost' exorcises memories of mother after she's gone," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of life history

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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