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vitals

[vahyt-lz]
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plural noun
  1. those bodily organs that are essential to life, as the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and stomach.
  2. the essential parts of something: the vitals of a democracy.

Origin of vitals

1600–10; translation of Latin vītālia; see vital
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Examples from the Web for vitals

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  • I don't mean superficially, but deep down in your vitals, what would you say?

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • The monsters who had hovered about his neck were battening on his vitals now.

  • Some fearful secret must be gnawing at the big man's vitals.

  • The caterpillar, you mean, boy—eating out its heart and its vitals.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • As soon as he had gone, Ellis dived again into the vitals of the auto.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln


Word Origin and History for vitals

n.

"organs of the body essential to life," c.1600, from the adj. vital taken as a noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vitals in Medicine

vitals

([object Object])
pl.n.
  1. The vital body organs.
  2. The parts that are essential to continued functioning, as of a system.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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