Definition of ponderal index in English:

ponderal index

noun

Medicine
  • An index of weight in relation to height or length.

    • ‘Their mean birth weight, ponderal index at birth, and weight at 1 year were similar to those of men not included in this study.’
    • ‘These children had lower weight, length, and ponderal index at birth than other children, and were more often from primiparous pregnancies.’
    • ‘In addition, the ponderal index (ratio of weight to length, providing a measure of intrauterine growth deprivation) and the Obstetric and Postnatal Complications Scales were used.’
    • ‘Measures such as length at birth, ponderal index, and head and abdominal circumferences may also need to be considered in addition to those used in this study.’
    • ‘A programming effect that might have been shown by alternative measures of impaired fetal growth, such as placental to fetal weight ratio or ponderal index, cannot be excluded.’

Origin

Early 17th century: ponderal from Latin pondus, ponder- ‘weight’ + -al.

Pronunciation

ponderal index

/ˈpɒnd(ə)r(ə)l/