vital statistic

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vital statistic (plural vital statistics)

  1. A single important number derived from public health data or personal measurements.
    • 1995, Françoise Sagan, Richard Seaver, A Fleeting Sorrow: A Novel, page 11
      Except for the fact that the "matter" of which he was now a vital statistic was simply unbearable to him. His death would come as a shock to him []