vital statistics

plural noun

Definition of vital statistics

1 : statistics relating to births, deaths, marriages, health, and disease
2a : facts (such as physical dimensions or quantities) considered to be interesting or important She proudly ticked off the show's other vital statistics—17 special exhibits spread over 60,000 square feet, quilts from 25 countries, 150 exhibitors who staffed 210 booths …— Joseph Harriss Monday afternoon of the week before our game with Pitt last year, a note suddenly appeared on our locker room "clobber board"—the bulletin board we use to post pictures and vital statistics of opposing players.— Ara Parseghian with John McDermott
b informal + sometimes offensive : a woman's bust, waist, and hip measurements They ran ads in Russian newspapers asking women to send photos and vital statisticsTime

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That’s according to death certificate data reported by the state to the national vital statistics system. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "These volunteers teamed up to investigate deaths of moms in Alabama," 11 June 2019 Kirk Bol, manager of the state health department’s vital statistics program, said that from what the department has heard, much of the fentanyl coming into Colorado is illegally produced and distributed. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Colorado overdose deaths fall for first time since 2012," 10 June 2019 That's sufficiently far off that Audi is still in the process of homologating the US version for sale, so some of its vital statistics are still TBA. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The coolest tech in Audi’s new e-tron electric SUV is banned in the US," 18 Sep. 2018 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,, "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,, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Setting it up took almost no effort beyond entering my vital statistics. Zachary Lewis,, "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,, "Third group of Cleveland Plug and Play presenters focus on finance, Internet of Things," 1 Mar. 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 How to pronounce vital statistics (audio) \

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

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