plural noun
vi·​tals | \ ˈvī-tᵊlz How to pronounce vitals (audio) \

Definition of vitals

1a : internal bodily organs (such as the heart, lungs, and brain) that are essential to life especially : the vital organs of the abdomen (such as the liver and kidneys) … charming opponents with her killer looks before delivering a karate kick to their vitals— Stephen O'Shea There is very little room to slip an arrow over that log and into the buck's vitals. — North American Hunter
b : essential parts Delving into its slippery ways, the blog showed the Sony malware cloaking itself within the vitals of the machine …— George Smith
2 : vital statistics sense 2a We take our drinks and pens to a table and slowly start getting to know each other. In fact, it takes all of 10 minutes to get his vitals in writing (surgeon, 33, Yale, lives uptown) …— Christine Fenno Look past … Bryant McKinni's mind-boggling vitals (6'8", 343) and focus on one number: 0. That's how many sacks he surrendered in his college career.ESPN The Magazine
3 : vital signs sense 1 The nurse who came in most afternoons to check his vitals and most evenings to get him ready for the night …— Stephen King

Examples of vitals in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similar to the wearable technology used for monitoring glucose levels in diabetes patients, this device has five tiny needles that attach to the patient and track their vitals. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 Her vitals had been checked at 1 a.m., an hour after Hunter ended. Chris Pomorski, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 The nurses give Raczkowski showers, check his blood pressure and vitals, and keep him company. Michael Forster Rothbart, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 Blood pressure, weight, oxygen levels, activity and other vitals, as well as various practitioners’ notes, must come together to provide a holistic view of the patient and their health, well-being and medical adherence. Gideon Kimbrell, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The ring also includes a sleep analysis function that tracks the quality of sleep based on the vitals and time spent in each stage of sleep. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2022 Vaught has taken criticism for her failure to catch the mistake at several points before Murphey was injected and for leaving Murphey in the care of scan technicians and not personally monitoring her vitals after giving the medication. Mariah Timms, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 This preloads navigation instructions and displays the car’s location, security status and other vitals at the touch of a button when the owner is away from the vehicle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 May 2022 My uric acid levels along with all other vitals were in the normal range. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vitals

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jul 2022

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“Vitals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for vitals


noun plural
vi·​tals | \ ˈvī-tᵊlz How to pronounce vitals (audio) \

Kids Definition of vitals

: the bodily organs (as the heart, lungs, and liver) that are needed to stay alive


noun plural
vi·​tals | \ ˈvīt-ᵊlz How to pronounce vitals (audio) \

Medical Definition of vitals

: vital organs (as the heart, liver, lungs, and brain)


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