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vital signs

plural noun
index of essential body functions, comprising pulse rate, body temperature, and respiration.
Origin of vital signs
1915-20 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vital signs
  • Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs.
  • It can read your vital signs, can tell you when it's time to have a checkup.
  • They've also added a clinical-grade cellphone spectroscope that might be able to measure some vital signs.
  • The drivers' own vital signs are constantly monitored, too.
  • Most reward people for having their vital signs tested and hitting goals such as lowering blood pressure or burning off flab.
  • Tiny chips on or in people's bodies will send vital signs to clinics to help keep them healthy.
  • Systems exist to check when people are awake, whether they have taken their medication, and what their vital signs are.
  • One of the biggest problems for medics is locating a soldier's wound and determining his vital signs amidst battlefield chaos.
  • Neuroscientists have determined that the memory of a fear stimulus triggers dramatic changes in the vital signs of rats.
  • Medications that are used to treat common disorders in the elderly may also have a profound effect on the vital signs.
British Dictionary definitions for vital signs

vital signs

plural noun
(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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vital signs in Medicine

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

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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