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Main Entry: vi·tal
Pronunciation: primarystressvimacrt-schwal
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English vital "alive, full of life, relating to life," from Latin vitalis "of life," from vita "life"
1 : concerned with or necessary to the continuation of life <the heart and lungs are vital organs>
2 : full of vitality : ANIMATED
3 : characteristic of life or of living things <vital activities>
4 : destructive of life : FATAL <a vital wound>
5 : of first importance <a vital clue>
- vi·tal·ly /-schwal-emacron/ adverb

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