vital signs

plural noun

Definition of vital signs 

: signs of life specifically : the pulse rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and often blood pressure of a person

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters 200 deaths had been confirmed and another person was found without vital signs. Fox News, "Thousands still in shelters after deadly flooding in Japan," 13 July 2018 Their vital signs were closely monitored, and they were given anti-anxiety medication to stay calm. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New video of Thai cave rescue shows just how close divers came to disaster," 11 July 2018 The result is a near-real-time readout of Earth’s vital signs, firing off alerts and alarms whenever the ailing patient takes a turn for the worse. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 The doctors are telling you to give it time, and the vital signs are good. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Massive, ‘Unprecedented’ Dust Storm Puts Mars Rover at Risk," 14 June 2018 Hofschulz also routinely neglected to take or document her patients' vital signs. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owner of a Wauwatosa pain clinic is charged as part of a nationwide opioids crackdown," 29 June 2018 Doctors who had once treated pain like a vital sign, basing opioid prescriptions on patients’ subjective ratings of their suffering, were suddenly hesitating. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 The doctors are telling you to give it time, and the vital signs are good. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Massive, ‘Unprecedented’ Dust Storm Puts Mars Rover at Risk," 14 June 2018 Doctors who had once treated pain like a vital sign, basing opioid prescriptions on patients’ subjective ratings of their suffering, were suddenly hesitating. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018

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1818, in the meaning defined above

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vital signs

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vital signs

: important body functions (such as breathing and heartbeat) that are measured to see if someone is alive or healthy

vital signs

noun plural

Medical Definition of vital signs 

: signs of life specifically : the pulse rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and often blood pressure of a person

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