prana

noun pra·na \ˈpränə\

Definition of prana

plural

-s

  1. :  a life breath or vital principle in Vedic and later Hindu religion :  any of the three or more vital currents :  the principle of life moving in the human body

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Origin and Etymology of prana

Sanskrit prāṇa, literally, breath, from pra- before, forward + aniti he breathes — more at for, animate


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