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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Hidden Link Between Freediving and Mountaineering," 27 Feb. 2020

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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