An indicator of body density as determined by the relationship of BODY WEIGHT to BODY HEIGHT. BMI=weight (kg)/height squared (m2). BMI correlates with body fat (ADIPOSE TISSUE). Their relationship varies with age and gender. For adults, BMI falls into these categories: below 18.5 (underweight); 18.5-24.9 (normal); 25.0-29.9 (overweight); 30.0 and above (obese). (National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Synonyms: Quetelet's Index BMI

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  • SNOMEDCT:60621009
  • MSH:D015992
  • NCIt:C16358
  • ICD9:V85-V85.99
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index

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