vital signs

index of essential body functions, comprising pulse rate, body temperature, and respiration.

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vital signs
pl n
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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Medical Dictionary

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

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