vital capacity
noun Date: 1852 the breathing capacity of the lungs expressed as the number of cubic inches or cubic centimeters of air that can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration

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  • Vital capacity — Vital 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Contributing to life;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vital capacity — is the maximum volume of air that a person can exhale after maximum inhalation.It can also be the maximum volume of air that a person can inhale after maximum exhalation. A person s vital capacity can be measured by a spirometer which can be a… …   Wikipedia

  • vital capacity — n the breathing capacity of the lungs expressed as the number of cubic inches or cubic centimeters of air that can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration * * * the maximum volume of air that a person can exhale afer maximum inhalation. It… …   Medical dictionary

  • vital capacity — n. the volume of air that can be forcibly expelled from the lungs after the maximum amount has been breathed in …   English World dictionary

  • vital capacity — gyvybingumas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Organizmo gebėjimas išsaugoti, pratęsti savo ir savo rūšies egzistavimą. atitikmenys: angl. vigour; vital capacity; vitaly vok. Lebensfähigkeit, f; Lebenskraft, f rus.… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • vital capacity — noun the maximum amount of air that can be exhaled after a maximum inhalation (usually tested with a spirometer); used to determine the condition of lung tissue • Hypernyms: ↑capacity, ↑content, ↑diagnostic test, ↑diagnostic assay …   Useful english dictionary

  • vital capacity — Physiol. the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • vital capacity — noun the greatest volume of air that can be expelled from the lungs after taking the deepest possible breath …   English new terms dictionary

  • vital capacity — the maximum volume of air that a person can exhale after maximum inhalation. It is usually measured on an instrument called a spirometer …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • vital capacity — vi′tal capac′ity n. phl the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

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