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vital

adjective vi·tal \ˈvī-təl\

: extremely important

: needed by your body in order to keep living

: very lively or energetic

Full Definition of VITAL

1
a :  existing as a manifestation of life
b :  concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life <vital organs> <blood and other vital fluids>
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> <vital resources>
5
:  recording data relating to lives
6
:  of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues
vi·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of VITAL

  1. These matters are vital to national defense.
  2. The sciences are a vital part of the school curriculum.
  3. your heart, lungs, and other vital organs
  4. Exercise keeps her young and vital.
  5. Their music stills seems fresh and vital after all these years.

Origin of VITAL

Middle English, from Latin vitalis of life, from vita life; akin to Latin vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VITAL

essential, fundamental, vital, cardinal mean so important as to be indispensable. essential implies belonging to the very nature of a thing and therefore being incapable of removal without destroying the thing itself or its character <conflict is essential in drama>. fundamental applies to something that is a foundation without which an entire system or complex whole would collapse <fundamental principles of algebra>. vital suggests something that is necessary to a thing's continued existence or operation <cut off from vital supplies>. cardinal suggests something on which an outcome turns or depends <a cardinal rule in buying a home>.

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with VITAL

VITAL Defined for Kids

vital

adjective vi·tal \ˈvī-təl\

Definition of VITAL for Kids

1
:  concerned with or necessary to the continuation of life <The heart and lungs are vital organs.>
2
:  full of life and energy <At 80, he's still an active and vital man.>
3
:  very important <a vital clue>
vi·tal·ly adverb <These are vitally needed supplies.>
Medical Dictionary

vital

adjective vi·tal \ˈvīt-əl\

Medical Definition of VITAL

1
a :  existing as a manifestation of life b :  concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life <vital organs> <blood and other vital fluids>
2
:  characteristic of life or living beings <vital activities>
3
:  recording data relating to lives <vital records>
4
:  of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues
vi·tal·ly \-əl-ē\ adverb

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