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Meaning of VITAL

Pronunciation:  'vItl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  manifesting or characteristic of life; "a vital, living organism"; "vital signs"
  2. [adj]  full of spirit; "a dynamic full of life woman"; "a vital and charismatic leader"; "this whole lively world"
  3. [adj]  performing an essential function in the living body; "vital organs"; "blood and other vital fluids"; "the loss of vital heat in shock"; "a vital spot"; "life-giving love and praise"
  4. [adj]  urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"

VITAL is a 5 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: alive, alive(p), animated, critical, essential, full of life, indispensable, life-sustaining, lively



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vi"tal\, a. [F., fr. L. vitalis, fr. vita life; akin to
    vivere to live. See {Vivid}.]
    1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable;
       as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions.
    2. Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life;
       as, vital blood.
             Do the heavens afford him vital food? --Spenser.
             And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth.
    3. Containing life; living. ``Spirits that live throughout,
       vital in every part.'' --Milton.
    4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends;
             The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part. --Pope.
    5. Very necessary; highly important; essential.
             A competence is vital to content.     --Young.
    6. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable. [R.]
             Pythagoras and Hippocrates . . . affirm the birth of
             the seventh month to be vital.        --Sir T.
    {Vital air}, oxygen gas; -- so called because essential to
       animal life. [Obs.]
    {Vital capacity} (Physiol.), the breathing capacity of the
       lungs; -- expressed by the number of cubic inches of air
       which can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration.
    {Vital force}. (Biol.) See under {Force}. The vital forces,
       according to Cope, are nerve force (neurism), growth force
       (bathmism), and thought force (phrenism), all under the
       direction and control of the vital principle. Apart from
       the phenomena of consciousness, vital actions no longer
       need to be considered as of a mysterious and unfathomable
       character, nor vital force as anything other than a form
       of physical energy derived from, and convertible into,
       other well-known forces of nature.
    {Vital functions} (Physiol.), those functions or actions of
       the body on which life is directly dependent, as the
       circulation of the blood, digestion, etc.
    {Vital principle}, an immaterial force, to which the
       functions peculiar to living beings are ascribed.
    {Vital statistics}, statistics respecting the duration of
       life, and the circumstances affecting its duration.
    {Vital tripod}. (Physiol.) See under {Tripod}.
    {Vital vessels} (Bot.), a name for latex tubes, now disused.
       See {Latex}.
  2. \Vi"tal\, n.
    A vital part; one of the vitals. [R.]
Computing Dictionary

A semantics language using fsl, developed by Mondshein in 1967.

[Sammet 1969, p. 641].

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Necessary to maintain life. Breathing is a vital function.