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The natural history of human life. A term for conditions that evolve over a large part or all of the life span from infancy, or even from conception, through adolescence, adult life, and senescence, sometimes peaking in early adult life, sometimes in middle age, but generally progressing throughout life as a person grows older. The term is recognition of the fact that the natural history of many chronic diseases and the natural life span of humans are intertwined. See, for example, Barker hypothesis.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine — Public Health and Epidemiology.


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