vitals

[ vahyt-lz ]
/ ˈvaɪt lz /

plural noun

those bodily organs that are essential to life, as the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and stomach.
the essential parts of something: the vitals of a democracy.

Origin of vitals

1600–10; translation of Latin vītālia; see vital
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vitals


n.

"organs of the body essential to life," c.1600, from the adj. vital taken as a noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for vitals

vitals

[ vītlz ]

pl.n.

The vital body organs.
The parts that are essential to continued functioning, as of a system.
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