vital capacity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vital capacity (Physiol) the breathing capacity of the lungs; -- expressed by the number of cubic inches of air which can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration.
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Usage

In literature:

One must build up vitality and interest and capacity.
"The Upton Letters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Now he discovered that there was in it an amazing vitality, a capacity of giving birth to enthusiastic souls.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
There are thousands of men whose vital need is culturing in capacity to keep a secret.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
The vital thing for you is, what are the uses to which he puts his knowledge and capacities?
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
On the contrary, that system has exhibited remarkable vitality, growth, and adaptive capacity.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The speed and the coal capacity of these vessels were to prove of vital importance in the events of the next few days.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
VITAL CAPACITY AND ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY.
"A Review of Hoffman's Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro" by Kelly Miller
Power is expressed in the way one carries her shoulders, and vitality is measured by breathing capacity.
"The Colored Girl Beautiful" by E. Azalia Hackley
It retains the capacity of surprise, the vital element of charm.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
The peoples who stagnate, decay; and the one test of vitality is the capacity to receive and to apply new ideas.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
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In news:

Why does the language we employ every day—language suited equally as well to thank-you notes or parking tickets—ask to be liberated from its more workaday chores, its rhythmic vitality threatening to overpower its capacity for plain sense.
Studies of more than 300 mammalian species have shown that salivary glands , because they are nonessential to life, have a greater capacity to evolve than the body's vital organs.
When your product is vital to the security and defense of America, there is simply no room for loss of critical capacity in the manufacturing process.
Studies of more than 300 mammalian species have shown that salivary glands, because they are nonessential to life, have a greater capacity to evolve than the body's vital organs.
The patient's work-up included pulmonary function tests, which revealed a reduction in vital capacity and a decreased lung compliance.
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In science:

Some of these facilities will return data by the Tera- and PetaByte, so that improved capacity for number receiving, storing, processing, and crunching will also be vital.
Star Formation from Spitzer (Lyman) to Spitzer (Space Telescope) and Beyond
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