One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Quantitative data concerning the population, such as the number of births, marriages, and deaths.
physique, build, frame, body, proportions, torso, shape, form, statureView synonyms
- ‘Survival status was determined by obtaining information from a national office of vital statistics.’
- ‘‘Today we define census as an official counting of a country's population, usually with vital statistics, a process of equality and not status,’ he explained.’
- ‘The card, which is sewn into a person's clothing, contains a colour picture, vital statistics and medical information about the missing person, as well as an I.D. code linked to a computer database.’
- ‘The study is based on a cross sectional analysis of US census statistics and vital statistics for the years 1989 and 1990 for all US states including the District of Columbia.’
- ‘Posted on the Internet are vital statistics, including the date and location that news of the missing person was last reported.’
- ‘The term itself is used in a variety of ways, leading to misclassification and omission from medical records and vital statistics when it is judged to be a contributing, but not main, cause of death.’
- ‘Information for the other patients was collected by examination of hospital files, vital statistics of the Interior Ministry, and personal contact with patients or their families.’
- ‘With the help of vital statistics, it is possible to obtain some dependable information pertaining to non-marital sexual activity during the 1960s, 1950s, and even the 1940s.’
- ‘Information about vital statistics was obtained on a regular basis from municipal authorities.’
- ‘This compares to an average age of 27 for first births in 1996, and is the oldest average since the CSO began recording vital statistics 50 years ago.’
- ‘Information on infant deaths was collected from vital statistics monitored by Statistics Norway.’
- ‘Along with changes in medical practice and increases in life expectancy after 1880 came new experts who handled the dead and directed funerals, who supervised cemeteries, and who collected vital statistics.’
- ‘According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, Africa maintains the lowest levels of reliable vital statistics for any continent a microscopic 1.1 per cent.’
- ‘Still within the tradition of political economy, these statisticians saw population and vital statistics as given facts which derived from natural and economic laws.’
- ‘She has been the principal investigator for several studies that have used linked Medicaid data, vital statistics, and other secondary data sets.’
- ‘In addition, while vital statistics relating to unwed motherhood can provide a baseline, or establish a minimum level of premarital sex in a given year, they do not reveal the actual level of premarital sex.’
- ‘Here, vital statistics and census data, two different sources of evidence - collected through very different research approaches - are pointing to essentially the same conclusion.’
- ‘Their first report made recommendations pertaining to vital statistics and official name policy, official languages and ‘custom adoption’ practices.’
- ‘No problem, your clothes will let the police know where you are and even inform them of your vital statistics via satellite.’
- ‘The U.S. Census Bureau has to reach every single member of the U.S. population every 10 years to record vital statistics.’
2British informal The measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips.
- ‘Actually, it probably had more to do with the fact that my vital statistics repeated the same remarkably low number three times.’
- ‘The research studied Swedish women who were aged between 38 and 60 when they had their vital statistics measured between 1968 and 1969.’
- ‘The topics could range from the weather to the future of Communism, the day's cricket score to corruption in Government, and the latest in automobile design to the vital statistics of the hottest screen siren.’
- ‘Her vital statistics are in her official profile, but you won't find details of her height among them.’
- ‘And if you thought modelling was all about vital statistics here's news: Rathore asked the models 10 questions and judged them on the basis of intelligence, versatility and looks.’
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