essential body functions, comprising pulse rate, body temperature, and respiration, used as a measure of health or physical condition.
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Origin of vital signs
First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for vital sign
med indications that a person is still alive. Vital signs include a heartbeat, a pulse that can be felt, breathing, and body temperature
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Medicine definitions for vital sign
The rates or values indicating an individual's pulse, temperature, and respiration.
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Science definitions for vital sign
The pulse rate, temperature, respiratory rate, and usually blood pressure of an individual.
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Culture definitions for vital sign
The pulse rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and rate of respiration of a person. The vital signs are usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of the person's general physical condition.
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