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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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 Despite a life history of health troubles, Terri never wavered on her commitment and love of family, faith and country. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 2/11," 11 Feb. 2018 But Sharma, who considers these vets his real-life history book, is still looking for more. Mercedes Leguizamon And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "This 20-year-old wants to interview every WWII combat veteran he can before it's too late," 9 Apr. 2018 Scientists conduct studies on subjects such as killer whales’ metabolism, vocal learning, sleep patterns, life history, reproduction and the impact of toxins and viruses on wild whales. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "How Aquariums Can Actually Save Animals in the Wild," 21 Sep. 2015

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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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