the doctrine that the life in living organisms is caused and sustained by a basic force that is distinct from all physical and chemical forces and that life is, in part, self-determining and self-evolving
Origin of vitalismFrench vitalisme
The theory or doctrine that life processes arise from or contain a nonmaterial vital principle and cannot be explained entirely as physical and chemical phenomena.
(countable and uncountable, plural vitalisms)
vital +"Ž -ism