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vital capacity

noun, Physiology.
the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation.
Origin of vital capacity
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
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vital capacity

(physiol) the volume of air that can be exhaled from the lungs after the deepest possible breath has been taken: a measure of lung function
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vital capacity in Medicine

vital capacity n.
Abbr. VC
The amount of air that can be forcibly expelled from the lungs following breathing in as deeply as possible. Also called respiratory capacity.

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vital capacity in Science
vital capacity
The maximum amount of air that can be expelled from the lungs after breathing in as deeply as possible.
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