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[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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for vitals
  • Here was a charge going to the vitals of the case, made by a high official of the police agencies of the state.
  • Means and a medical resident begin their examination, taking vitals and gently quizzing their patient.
  • All night, a doctor will sit by the patient's side in a plastic lawn chair, carefully monitoring his vitals.
  • After several years thus spent, his distemper having seized his vitals, he perceived his end to draw near.
  • If all you have are speeches then you've missed all the vitals.
  • He is not in any pain, and his vitals are being kept stable.
Word Origin and History for vitals

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vitals in Medicine

vitals vi·tals (vīt'lz)

  1. The vital body organs.

  2. The parts that are essential to continued functioning, as of a system.

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Related Abbreviations for vitals


vital signs (pulse rate, temperature, respiratory rate)
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