vital capacity

noun

Definition of vital capacity

: 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

Examples of vital capacity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as our commitment to pluralism waned, that system broke down and that vital capacity eroded. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2021 The three best divers in the group had an average vital capacity of 7.9 liters, while the three worst averaged just 6.7 liters. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of vital capacity

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Vital capacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vital%20capacity. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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vital capacity

noun

Medical Definition of vital capacity

: 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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