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vital signs

plural noun
1.
index of essential body functions, comprising pulse rate, body temperature, and respiration.
Origin of vital signs
1915-1920
1915-20
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British Dictionary definitions for vital sign

vital signs

plural noun
1.
(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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Contemporary definitions for vital sign
noun

an indication that one is alive; an indicator of a person's general physical condition

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vital sign in Medicine

vital signs pl.n.
The rates or values indicating an individual's pulse, temperature, and respiration.

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vital sign in Science
vital signs  
The pulse rate, temperature, respiratory rate, and usually blood pressure of an individual.
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vital sign in Culture

vital signs definition


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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