Vital Definition

Necessary or essential to life; being a source or support of life.
Vital organs.
Webster's New World
Affecting life; critical.
Webster's New World
Of, concerned with, or manifesting life.
Vital energy.
Webster's New World
Used or done on a living cell or tissue.
Vital dyes; vital staining.
American Heritage Medicine
Essential to the existence or continuance of something; indispensable.
A vital function.
Webster's New World
The vital organs, as the heart, brain, lungs, etc.
Webster's New World
The essential parts of anything, indispensable for its existence, continuance, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Vital

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vÄ«tālis (“of life, life-giving"), from vÄ«ta (“life"), from vÄ«vō (“live").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin vītālis from vīta life gwei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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