- vital capacity,
- vital force,
- vital function,
- vital index,
- vital pulp
Origin of vital
Origin of vitals
Examples from the Web for vital
His ups and downs professionally outside of the World Cup are a vital a part of his story in the book.
Vital Voices in 2013 took over funds from the Women In The World foundation which originated at The Daily Beast.
“The influence of the oak maturation casks on the final character of The Macallan is vital,” says MacPherson.
This argument is vital to a larger argument: Do we obey the rules set up to constrain government or not?
In terms of transparency, the U.K. has taken a vital step forward by openly quantifying the extent of the situation.
This is true; vital statistics and fiction to the contrary, notwithstanding.The Sheriff of Badger|George B. Pattullo
Lloyd Morgan has prettily likened the vital processes to the periodic formation and discharge of explosive substances.On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation|August Weismann
The mind is apt to tire and needs rousing continually, otherwise the work will lack the impulse that shall make it vital.The Practice and Science Of Drawing|Harold Speed
Steadiness of rates, on the other hand, is vital to a healthy state of trade.Railroads: Rates and Regulations|William Z. Ripley
It is of vital importance to give him absolute confidence in his ability to hit his man.The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It|Walter Winans
- the bodily organs, such as the brain, liver, heart, lungs, etc, that are necessary to maintain life
- the organs of reproduction, esp the male genitals
Word Origin for vital
late 14c., "of or manifesting life," from Latin vitalis "of or belonging to life," from vita "life," related to vivere "to live," from PIE root *gwei- (cf. Old Persian *jivaka- "alive;" Greek bios "life," zoon "animal;" Lithuanian gyvata "(eternal) life;" Old English cwic, cwicu "living, alive;" Old Irish bethu "life;" cf. also bio-). The sense of "necessary or important" is from 1610s, via the notion of "essential to life" (late 15c.). Vital capacity recorded from 1852.
"organs of the body essential to life," c.1600, from the adj. vital taken as a noun.