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vital capacity

noun Physiology.
the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation.

Origin:
1850–55

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vital capacity
 
n
physiol the volume of air that can be exhaled from the lungs after the deepest possible breath has been taken: a measure of lung function

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vital capacity n.
Abbr. VC
The amount of air that can be forcibly expelled from the lungs following breathing in as deeply as possible. Also called respiratory capacity.

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vital capacity   (vīt'l)  Pronunciation Key 
The maximum amount of air that can be expelled from the lungs after breathing in as deeply as possible.
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