An index of weight in relation to height or length.
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- In addition, the ponderal index (ratio of weight to length, providing a measure of intrauterine growth deprivation) and the Obstetric and Postnatal Complications Scales were used.
- A programming effect that might have been shown by alternative measures of impaired fetal growth, such as placental to fetal weight ratio or ponderal index, cannot be excluded.
- These children had lower weight, length, and ponderal index at birth than other children, and were more often from primiparous pregnancies.
early 17th century: ponderal from Latin pondus, ponder- 'weight' + -al.