Definitions for vital capacity
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the greatest amount of air that can be forced from the lungs after maximum inhalation.
Origin of 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
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The volume of air that is exhaled by a maximal expiration following a maximal inspiration.
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