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(Biology) (esp in early biological theory) a hypothetical force, independent of physical and chemical forces, regarded as being the causative factor of the evolution and development of living organisms
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1. Also called vi′tal prin′ciple. the force that animates and perpetuates living beings and organisms.
2. élan vital.
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|Noun||1.||vital force - (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms|
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
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