An indicator of the degree of underweight of a child (see above), defined as his/her weight in relation to the median weight of a reference population of that age.
A practice that allows horses of different age and sex to compete on equal terms. The weight a horse carries is allocated on a set scale according to its sex and age.
a fixed scale of weights to be carried by horses according to age, sex, distance of race and time of year.
scale The official scale of weight allowances accorded when a race is for animals of different age groups.
An allowance condition in which each entrant is assigned a weight according to its age. Females usually receive a sex allowance as well. (Compare with a handicap race.)
The purpose of weight-for-age is to allow horses of different age and sex to compete on equal terms. The weight a horse carried is allocated on a set scale according to its sex and age.
A type of race in which horses carry scale weight or weight assigned arbitrarily according to age, distance and month of year. (See Scale of Weights.)