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1. The vital body organs.
2. The parts essential to continued functioning, as of a system.
3. Informal Vital signs.


(ˈvaɪt lz)
1. those bodily organs that are essential to life, as the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and stomach.
2. the essential parts of something.
[1600–10; translation of Latin vītālia; see vital]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vitals - a bodily organ that is essential for lifevitals - a bodily organ that is essential for life
organ - a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
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No pins were ever stuck into their cotton vitals, no harsh words or blows were ever given them, no neglect ever saddened the heart or the most repulsive, but all were fed and clothed, nursed and caressed with an affection which never failed.
Attached to this back-bone, for something less than a third of its length, was the mighty circular basket of ribs which once enclosed his vitals.
Jurgis could see all the truth now--could see himself, through the whole long course of events, the victim of ravenous vultures that had torn into his vitals and devoured him; of fiends that had racked and tortured him, mocking him, meantime, jeering in his face.
All I need to know is, how MUCH of an ogre is invisible; then I know how to locate his vitals.
He had a citified air about him that ate into Tom's vitals.
I was experiencing an ordeal: a hand of fiery iron grasped my vitals.
If I hesitated, she was taken with that wonderful disorder which was always lying in ambush in her system, ready, at the shortest notice, to prey upon her vitals.
And as I strive to body forth the tale Of all I suffer, all that thou hast done, Forth shall the dread voice roll, and bear along Shreds from my vitals torn for greater pain.
Finally Zad, realizing that he was tiring more than I, evidently decided to close in and end the battle in a final blaze of glory for himself; just as he rushed me a blinding flash of light struck full in my eyes, so that I could not see his approach and could only leap blindly to one side in an effort to escape the mighty blade that it seemed I could already feel in my vitals.
And then he woke again, terror jarring through his vitals.
Phileas Fogg paid the Indian with some banknotes which he extracted from the famous carpet-bag, a proceeding that seemed to deprive poor Passepartout of his vitals.
I was at first inclined to seize my sword, draw it, and drive it into his vitals, but I reflected that if I did we should all certainly be lost, for we should never be able to shift the stone which the monster had put in front of the door.