A semantics language using FSL, developed by Mondshein in 1967.
[Sammet 1969, p. 641].
(01 Feb 1995)
1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions.
2. Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life; as, vital blood. "Do the heavens afford him vital food?" (Spenser) "And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth." (Milton)
3. Containing life; living. "Spirits that live throughout, vital in every part."
4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends; mortal. "The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part." (Pope)
5. Very necessary; highly important; essential. "A competence is vital to content." (Young)
6. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable. "Pythagoras and Hippocrates . . . Affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital." (Sir T. Browne) Vital air, oxygen gas; so called because essential to animal life.
<physiology> Vital capacity, the breathing capacity of the lungs; expressed by the number of cubic inches of air which can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration. Vital force.
<biology> See Tripod.
<botany> Vital vessels, a name for latex tubes, now disused. See Latex.
Origin: F, fr. L. Vitalis, fr. Vita life; akin to vivere to live. See Vivid.
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