vitalism

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noun vi·tal·ism \ˈvī-tə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of vitalism

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

  2. 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

vitalist

play \ˈvī-tə-list\ noun or adjective

vitalistic

play \ˌvī-tə-ˈli-stik\ adjective

First Known Use of vitalism

1822


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vitalism

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noun vi·tal·ism \ˈvīt-əl-ˌiz-əm\

Medical Definition of vitalism

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

  2. 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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