1831, "calculation of life expectancy" (obsolete); see bio- + -metry. Coined by Whewell, popularized 1860s by T.S. Lambert. Later, "application of mathematics to the study of biology" (1894). Related: Biometer, a word used in various senses from the 1830s on; it is attested from 1865 as "life table," calculating the duration of life under given conditions.
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