vital capacity

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vital capacity

n.
The amount of air that can be forcibly expelled from the lungs after breathing in as deeply as possible.

vital capacity

n
(Physiology) physiol the volume of air that can be exhaled from the lungs after the deepest possible breath has been taken: a measure of lung function

vi′tal capac′ity



n.
the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation.
[1850–55]

vital capacity

The amount of air expelled from the lungs after taking a deep breath.
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Noun1.vital capacity - the maximum amount of air that can be exhaled after a maximum inhalation (usually tested with a spirometer); used to determine the condition of lung tissue
diagnostic assay, diagnostic test - an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes
capacity, content - the amount that can be contained; "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
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As part of the initial phase of the agreement, the ATI will deploy high-quality skills to create and support projects under energy sector and this will facilitate in enhancing vital capacities and knowledge on the energy investment, consequently underpinning on the execution of major energy projects.
As stated above by Nair et alt [9] the reduction in the vital capacities & MVV can be explained on the basis of decreased muscle strength & poor muscle endurance.
Another point of the study was that the ratios between timed volume and vital capacities were in normal or above normal limit.