vital force

vital force
the energy that characterizes a living organism. Most systems of complementary medicine seek to affect or to use this energy. Called also vital energy.

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  • Vital force — Vital Vi tal, a. [F., fr. L. vitalis, fr. vita life; akin to vivere to live. See {Vivid}.] 1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions. [1913 Webster] 2. Contributing to life;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vital force — Force Force, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis strong. See {Fort}, n.] 1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vital force — n. 1. a basic force or principle regarded as the source and cause of life in living organisms: see VITALISM 2. ÉLAN VITAL: Also called vital principle …   English World dictionary

  • vital force — force of life, life force …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vital force — noun (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms • Syn: ↑life force, ↑vitality, ↑elan vital • Derivationally related forms: ↑vital (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • vital force — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The vital principle or animating force within living beings: breath, divine spark, élan vital, life force, psyche, soul, spirit, vitality. See BODY …   English dictionary for students

  • vital force — vi′tal force′ n. 1) Also called vi′tal prin′ciple. the force that animates and perpetuates living beings and organisms. 2) élan vital …   From formal English to slang

  • vital force — the force that animates and perpetuates living beings and organisms. Also called vital principle. * * * …   Universalium

  • vital force — /vaɪtl ˈfɔs/ (say vuytl faws) noun the animating force in animals and plants. Also, vital principle …  

  • vital force — noun the energy or spirit which animates living creatures …   English new terms dictionary

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