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

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Recent Examples on the Web With Toduken, Cornelio's life history shows up in his food. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "'It's authentic to me': How chefs are redefining what Filipino food means in metro Phoenix," 19 Oct. 2020 The connection between Teenage Bounty Hunters and Jordan’s real-life history doesn’t end with Franklin’s little locker room meltdown. Ariana Romero,, "Teenage Bounty Hunters," 14 Aug. 2020 In the book, Ellison covers Barnett's life history, criminal case and family drama that unfolded as a result of the trials. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Flint native Judith Barnett, guilty of murder, featured in new book, TV show," 30 Mar. 2020 The oxygen molecules in the fish ear bones, or otoliths, carry a record of life history. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, "Retreating Exit Glacier has become an icon of climate change," 4 Aug. 2017 In real-life history, this is exactly what the Germans did, and this defensive maneuver is known as Operation Alberich. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "1917 film review: War has never been captured so incredibly," 10 Jan. 2020 Even as Woody Allen’s real-life history makes his films understandably unpalatable for some, Midnight in Paris reminds viewers that perhaps some other future will long for our time today. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Yerkes’ life history reminded Naradzay of another sculptor-poet connection: that of Auguste Rodin and Rainer Maria Rilke, who worked as Rodin’s secretary for a time. Washington Post, "At age 101, this woman released her first collection of poems," 28 July 2019 The real-life history behind the show is legendary: Catherine the Great was born Princess Sophie to the ruling family of a small German principality. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Vogue, "Everything We Know About HBO’s Catherine the Great," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of life history

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Life history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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