vitalism

noun
vi·​tal·​ism | \ˈvī-tə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of vitalism 

1 : a doctrine that the functions of a living organism are due to a vital principle distinct from physicochemical forces

2 : a doctrine that the processes of life are not explicable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining

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Other Words from vitalism

vitalist \ˈvī-​tə-​list \ noun or adjective
vitalistic \ˌvī-​tə-​ˈli-​stik \ adjective

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During that Algiers Motel purgatory, the Motown vitalism (and its implied orgiastic decadence) is interrupted by a John Coltrane jazz record. Armond White, National Review, "Kathryn Bigelow Does the Wrong Thing in Detroit," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vitalism

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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vitalism

noun
vi·​tal·​ism | \ˈvīt-ᵊl-ˌiz-əm \

Medical Definition of vitalism 

1 : a doctrine that the functions of a living organism are due to a vital principle distinct from physicochemical forces

2 : a doctrine that the processes of life are not explicable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining

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