vital sign

Definitions of vital sign
  1. noun
    sign of life; usually an indicator of a person's general physical condition
    “he was still alive but his vital signs were weak”
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    blood heat, body temperature
    temperature of the body; normally 98.6 F or 37 C in humans; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    blood pressure
    the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person's health
    heart rate, pulse, pulse rate
    the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    rate of respiration, respiratory rate
    the rate at which a person inhales and exhales; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    basal body temperature, basal temperature
    body temperature in the morning before rising or moving about or eating anything
    systolic pressure
    the blood pressure (as measured by a sphygmomanometer) during the contraction of the left ventricle of the heart
    diastolic pressure
    the blood pressure (as measured by a sphygmomanometer) after the contraction of the heart while the chambers of the heart refill with blood
    arterial pressure
    the pressure of the circulating blood on the arteries
    venous pressure
    the pressure exerted on the walls of the veins by the circulating blood
    femoral pulse
    pulse of the femoral artery (felt in the groin)
    radial pulse
    pulse of the radial artery (felt in the wrist)
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    sign
    (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
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