vital statistics

plural noun

Definition of vital statistics 

1 : statistics relating to births, deaths, marriages, health, and disease

2 : facts (such as physical dimensions or quantities) considered to be interesting or important especially : a woman's bust, waist, and hip measurements

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This, after all, is a woman who spent 30 years as the official registrar of vital statistics for Hamilton. Bruce Horovitz, Washington Post, "Feel Like The Last Friend Standing? Here’s How To Cultivate New Buds As You Age.," 9 July 2018 Santos, who based his study on vital statistics records from the Puerto Rican government, said the new report goes further by assessing real-world conditions throughout the island. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Hurricane Maria's death toll was 70 times higher than Puerto Rican officials have reported, study says," 30 May 2018 Since 1989, teams of ornithologists have captured birds mirgrating through the Fort Morgan peninsula, recording the birds' vital statistics, including weight, fat reserves, and feather condition. Ben Raines, AL.com, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Setting it up took almost no effort beyond entering my vital statistics. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Motiv lowers profile of fitness tracking tech with a sleek, powerful ring: Stretching Out," 18 Apr. 2018 By implementing a Vizru program, her doctor could set up a system that reminds her to take her medication, monitors vital statistics and sends an ambulance if a monitor indicates something is wrong. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Third group of Cleveland Plug and Play presenters focus on finance, Internet of Things," 1 Mar. 2018 Because of the predominantly catch-and-release nature of muskellunge fisheries, determination of vital statistics such as annual survival and maximum growth potential are critical to managing them, according to the agency. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Conference provides snapshot of Midwest fish and wildlife issues," 3 Feb. 2018 Crew members refused to comment on its top speed or other vital statistics. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "Gowen Field had head start on B-17 training before World War II | Idaho Statesman," 17 Feb. 2018 Obama’s three medical reports included sections on vital statistics; physical exam by system, such as eyes, pulmonary and gastrointestinal; lab results; his past medical and surgical history; his social history; and medications, among others. Time, "President Trump Gets 'Excellent Health' Report From White House Doctor," 13 Jan. 2018

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circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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vital statistics

noun plural
vital sta·tis·tics | \-stə-ˈtis-tiks \

Medical Definition of vital statistics 

: statistics relating to births, deaths, marriages, health, and disease

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