Definition of ponderal index in English:

ponderal index

Line breaks: pon|der¦al index
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒnd(ə)r(ə)l


An index of weight in relation to height or length.
More example sentences
  • 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.

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