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

Examples of vital statistics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company also is developing sensors that monitor health vital statistics, including body temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Four were approved, none since 2006, according to to the court system records and the state’s office of vital statistics. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Mar. 2022 For a comparison, provisional vital statistics kept by the Arkansas Department of Health show that 3,343 people died in accidents in 2019 and 2020, the most recent years reported. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, 14 Feb. 2022 There’s also a narrower definition the state uses for the official vital statistics tally for end-of-year reporting. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 But within that trend, the data from Florida — one of the few states that publishes vital statistics by marital status in a timely fashion, according to demographer Lyman Stone — show something interesting. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 By Wednesday evening, records show, most city services in Borger were restored, including utility payments, vital statistics and most employee computers. Jake Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 By Wednesday evening, records show, most city services in Borger were restored, including utility payments, vital statistics and most employee computers. Jake Bleiberg And Eric Tucker, Chron, 26 July 2021 The figures are based on the 2010 census and have been adjusted over the last decade using data such as vital statistics, housing information and migration patterns. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 19 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vital statistics

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vital statistics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vital%20statistics. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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vital statistics

noun plural
vital sta·​tis·​tics | \ -stə-ˈtis-tiks How to pronounce vital statistics (audio) \

Medical Definition of vital statistics

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

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