Definition of longevity
- The members of that family are noted for their longevity.
- a study of longevity
His longevity was remarkable considering he had been so sick when he was a child.
Better medical treatment has led to greater longevity.
a study of human longevity
The longevity of a car's tires depends on how the car is driven.
They're trying to increase the product's longevity.
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As living conditions improve and the science of medicine advances, the longevity of the average American has increased greatly, from about 45 years in 1900 to over 75 years today. But the most impressive human longevity is nothing compared to the 400-year lifespan of an ocean clam found near Iceland, or the 5,000-year lifespan of the bristlecone pine, a tree found in the western U.S. We may use longevity to talk not only about actual lives but also of the useful "life" of things: the life of your car's tires or the shingles on your roof, for example.
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