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vital function

noun, Physiology.
1.
any function of the body that is essential for life.
Origin of vital function
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805
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  • For centuries they have been taking over every vital function of our life.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • The chemistry of the neuroplasm determines the vital function of the phronema.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • Like a spear-point embedded in a living body, it inflamed all around it and deranged every vital function.

    The Framework of Home Rule Erskine Childers
  • The presumption is that a female of this kind would also die if the lethal acts injuriously on some vital function or structure.

  • The conclusion certainly follows from this that this process is connected with some vital function.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert
  • Water is absolutely essential to the performance of every vital function connected with human metabolism.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • It is engendered in the Reproductive System; which may be regarded as the power-house of Life and vital function.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction

    Arabella Kenealy
  • With her wireless out of action she was impotent to perform the vital function of communicating with her invisible consorts.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • It is a root, which does not enter into vital function till it produces something else than a root; namely, fruit.

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