the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation.
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Origin of vital capacity
First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Medical definitions for vital capacity
The amount of air that can be forcibly expelled from the lungs following breathing in as deeply as possible.respiratory capacity
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Scientific definitions for vital capacity
[ vīt′l ]
The maximum amount of air that can be expelled from the lungs after breathing in as deeply as possible.
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