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Gompertz hypothesis

Pronunciation: gom'pertz

Definition: a theory that the force of mortality increases in geometric progression, being based on the assumption that the average exhaustion of an individual's power to avoid death is such that at the end of equal infinitely small intervals of time the individual loses equal proportions of the power to oppose destruction that were available at the commencement of each of these intervals.

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