Definition of ponderal index in English:

ponderal index


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Measures such as length at birth, ponderal index, and head and abdominal circumferences may also need to be considered in addition to those used in this study.’
    • ‘Their mean birth weight, ponderal index at birth, and weight at 1 year were similar to those of men not included in this study.’


Early 17th century ponderal from Latin pondus, ponder- ‘weight’ + -al.


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