essential body functions, comprising pulse rate, body temperature, and respiration, used as a measure of health or physical condition.
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How to use vital signs in a sentence
The Best Picture nominees, while wildly different in content and tone, share certain vital signs.
Licensed practical nurses are essentially menial hospital workers who collect vital signs, change bedpans, and bathe patients.
Suppose the next generation of gizmos not only track those vital signs but warn the crew when they see an imminent flat-liner?
Swiftly and clinically Dal checked the vital signs as the old man watched him.Star Surgeon | Alan Nourse
What were those “vital signs,” those proofs indubitable to Milton that he had the art and faculty of a poet?The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's | David Masson
He knew this, he says, by “certain vital signs” discernible in what he had already written.The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's | David Masson
British Dictionary definitions for vital signs
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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Scientific definitions for vital signs
The pulse rate, temperature, respiratory rate, and usually blood pressure of an individual.
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Cultural definitions for vital signs
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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