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life cy·cle

the entire life history of a living organism.

life cycle

n.
1. The course of developmental changes through which an organism passes from its inception through the stage at which it reproduces.
2. A progression through a series of differing stages of development: the life cycle of a star.
3. The span of a product's existence from its initial development through the period of marketing and active use to eventual obsolescence.

life cycle

1 the interval of time from conception to natural death.
2 the series of stages from any stage of one generation to the same stage of the next generation.

life cycle

the serial progression of stages through which an organism passes from FERTILIZATION to the stage producing the GAMETES. In higher animals and plants the life cycle lasts from fertilization until the resulting individual itself produces gametes, but in many organisms there are asexual stages. see ALTERNATION OF GENERATIONS.
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Reformed stewardship--driven by improving product support and achieving more cost-effective weapons system readiness outcomes--requires a life cycle management focus, committed leadership, and cooperative efforts from the operational, acquisition, and logistics communities.
DoD reiterated the importance of Life Cycle Management principles by acknowledging the long-term benefits of addressing long-term sustainment planning, including cost containment early in a system's life cycle in August 2006 when the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) strengthened current DoD Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) policy by issuing JROC Memorandum 161-06 "Key Performance Parameter (KPP) Study Recommendations and Implementation.
Ideally, the data life cycle management solution should be completely transparent to applications and to users who do not necessarily need to know where their data is stored as long as it is accessible.
Furthermore, among species at latitudes above 50[degrees]N--those of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brussels, Belgium; and Kiev, Russia--Root and her colleagues found that spring life cycle milestones moved forward an average of 5.
The facilities director can use the building-by-building, life cycle planning results to back up the data shown in the renewal curve.
Rather, it focuses on selected logistics processes that impact operation and support costs which are estimated to comprise above 75 percent of a weapon system life cycle cost (LCC) if the weapon system is purchased off-the-shelf.
Life cycle thinking, from a design and purchasing standpoint, holds the promise of decreasing environmental risks and costs.
Victor Guyan, a partner with Andersen, said Reliance used a technology known as "claim components," which improved the consistency of the professionals' performance, freed more time for them to do the impact-related parts of their jobs, provided needed information on outcomes at certain points in a claim's life cycle and fostered better working relationships with employees.
In the Adjustment Phase, the level of family adjustment in response to a stressor event or transition is determined by the interaction of the following elements: (a) the severity of the stressor or transition; (b) the family's vulnerability, as determined by the concurrent pile-up of demands and the family's life cycle stage; (c) the family's characteristic mode of behavior; (d) the level of the family's resources for meeting the demands of the stressor; (e) the family's appraisal of the stressor; and (f) the family's problem solving and coping responses to the stressor.
By envisioning the possible product life cycle of our favorite management and collection-development theories and library practices, we can determine into which of Rogers's (1983) adopter groups we fall as individuals and organizations.
One can envision a technology life cycle as a U-shaped curve, with the x-axis representing status and the y-axis representing the degree of knowledge about the technology (see accompanying figure).