vital

[ vahyt-l ]
/ ˈvaɪt l /
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adjective

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Origin of vital

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin vītālis, equivalent to vīt(a) life (derivative of vīvere to live; akin to Greek bíesthai,Sanskrit jīvati (he) lives, English quick) + -ālis-al1

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British Dictionary definitions for vital

vital
/ (ˈvaɪtəl) /

adjective

noun

(plural)
  1. the bodily organs, such as the brain, liver, heart, lungs, etc, that are necessary to maintain life
  2. the organs of reproduction, esp the male genitals
(plural) the essential elements of anything

Derived forms of vital

vitally, adverb

Word Origin for vital

C14: via Old French from Latin vītālis belonging to life, from vīta life
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Medical definitions for vital

vital
[ vītl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or characteristic of life.
Necessary to the continuation of life.
Used or done on a living cell or tissue, as in staining.
Destructive to life; fatal, as of an injury.
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