from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The vital body organs.
- n.pl. The parts essential to continued functioning, as of a system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Those organs of the body that are essential for life.
- n. Those parts of a system without which it cannot function.
- n. vital signs
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Organs that are necessary for life; more especially, the heart, lungs, and brain.
- n.pl. Fig.: The part essential to the life or health of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The viscera necessary for vital processes; those interior parts or organs which are essential to life, as the brain, heart, lungs, and stomach: a vague general term.
- The part of any complex whole that is essential to its life or existence, or to a sound state: as, corruption of manners preys upon the vitals of a state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bodily organ that is essential for life
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