vital
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin vitalis of life, from vita life; akin to Latin vivere to live — more at quick Date: 14th century 1. a. existing as a manifestation of life b. concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life <
vital organs
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blood and other vital fluids
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2. full of life and vigor ; animated 3. characteristic of life or living beings 4. a. fundamentally concerned with or affecting life or living beings: as (1) tending to renew or refresh the living ; invigorating (2) destructive to life ; mortal b. of the utmost importance <
a vital clue
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vital resources
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5. recording data relating to lives 6. of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues Synonyms: see essentialvitally adverb

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  • vital — vital, ale, aux [ vital, o ] adj. • 1380; lat. vitalis, de vita « vie » 1 ♦ Qui concerne, constitue la vie. Cycle vital. Propriétés, fonctions vitales. Les besoins vitaux de l individu. ♢ Philos. Principe vital, force vitale : réalité énergétique …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Vital — may refer to:* vitalism, the doctrine that life cannot be explained solely by mechanism * vitalism (Jainism), the Jain teacher Mahāvīra s philosophy * Vital, the English name of a number of Roman Catholic saints named Vitalis in Latin * Vitals ,… …   Wikipedia

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  • vital — [vīt′ l] adj. [ME < MFr < L vitalis, vital < vita, life, akin to vivere, to live: see BIO ] 1. of, concerned with, or manifesting life [vital energy] 2. a) necessary or essential to life; being a source or support of life [vital organs]… …   English World dictionary

  • vital — vital, ale (vi tal, ta l ) adj. 1°   Qui appartient à la vie, qui sert à la conservation de la vie. •   Les physiologistes ont prouvé que les mouvements vitaux sont le produit des impressions reçues par les parties sensibles, CABANIS Instit. Mém …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • vital — Adj kräftig, lebendig erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. vital, dieses aus l. vītālis Lebenskraft habend , zu l. vīta Leben , zu l. vīvere leben . Abstraktum: Vitalität.    Ebenso nndl. vital, ne. vital, nfrz.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • VITAL — VITAL, Italian family which produced numerous scholars of whom the most noted were: JOSEPH VITAL (15th–16th century), a talented scribe, was especially noted for his precision in writing tefillin, which were widely known as Tefillin Rav Calabrash …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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