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longevity

(lŏnjĕv`ĭtē), term denoting the length or duration of the life of an animal or plant, often used to indicate an unusually long life. The average human life-span of threescore and ten years cited in the Bible has been attained only in recent years in areas of the world where man has been largely freed from disease and social and economic disadvantages. In the period around the American Revolution, the average life span was less than 35 years. By 1920, in the United States, the average life span had risen to 54 years; and by 1992 the median life span was 75.8 years. Studies indicate that females are likely to live longer than males. Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan, the longest-lived person authenticated, lived 120 years. The whale averages 60 years. The eagle and the swan have the longest lives among birds; of the fishes, the carp and pike are believed to live as long as 150 years. Among plants, the bristlecone pine of California has the greatest longevity, over 4,600 years. See geriatricsgeriatrics
, the branch of medicine concerned with conditions and diseases of the aged. Many disabilities in old age are caused by or related to the deterioration of the circulatory system (see arteriosclerosis), e.g.
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Longevity

See also Endurance.
Abie’s Irish Rose
comedy by Anne Nichols ran for 2327 performances on Broadway. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 3]
Back to Methuselah by
the end of the twenty-second century, mankind has extended the life span to nearly three hundred years. [Br. Drama: Shaw Back to Methuselah in Magill III, 82]
Iguarán, Úrsula
matriarch who holds the clan together and lives to be one hundred years old. [Lat. Am. Lit.: Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude in Weiss, 336]
Long Parliament
sat from outbreak of Civil War to Charles II’s accession (1640–1660). [Br. Hist.: EB, VI: 319–320]
Meet the Press
longest running television program; from 1947 to present. [Am. TV: McWhirter, 234]
Methuselah
son of Enoch; patriarch said to have lived 969 years. [O.T.: Genesis 5:21–27]
Mousetrap, The
London play by Agatha Christie, running since 1952. [Br. Lit.: McWhirter, 228]
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
(1882–1945) 32nd U.S. President; elected to four terms. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 726]
Shangri-La
hidden Tibetan lamasery where all enjoy long life provided they remain there. [Br. Lit.: Lost Horizon]
She
(Ayesha) beautiful African sorceress who has lived for 2000 years. [Br. Lit.: H. Rider Haggard She in Magill I, 886]
Victoria, Queen
(1819–1901) queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1837–1901). [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2886]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Effects of adult nutrition on longevity, fecundity and offspring sex ratio of Trichogramma minutum Riley (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae).
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One such gene improved lifespan by about 25 percent - this would correspond to an increased lifespan in humans from 75 years to about 95 years - a substantial benefit to longevity, notes Berger.
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