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life span

the length of life of an individual or the average length of life in a population or species.

life span

The maximum obtainable age of a member of a species.
See also: span

life span

average duration of life in animals of the species in average circumstances where special treatment to maintain life is not provided. Called also characteristic life span—commonest age of senile death.
Laboratory animals and small pets—gerbil 3-4 yrs; guinea pig 1-8 yrs; hamster 15 mths-2 yrs; mice 2-3 yrs; rabbit 5-6 yrs; rats 3-4 yrs.
Domestic pets—cat 18-20 yrs; dog small and medium size 15 yrs; large breeds 10 yrs.
Farm animals—cattle 9-11 yrs; sheep 5-6 yrs; goat 8-10 yrs; pig 8-10 yrs; domestic poultry 5-6 yrs; geese—no data but apparently much longer than other domestic birds; horse 25-30 yrs.
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Dr Gary Whitlock of the University of Oxford said: "Excess weight shortens human lifespan.
Dr Gary Whitlock, of Oxford University, said: "Excess weight shortens human lifespan.
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