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

vitalist

play \ˈvī-tə-list\ noun or adjective

vitalistic

play \ˌvī-tə-ˈli-stik\ adjective

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First Known Use of vitalism

1822


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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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