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vitalism

vitalism Philosophical theory that all living organisms derive their characteristic qualities from a universal life force. Vitalists hold that the force operating on living matter is peculiar to such matter and is quite different from any forces of inanimate bodies. In the late 20th century, few scientists give vitalism much credence, but it has influenced many forms of alternative medicine.

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vitalism

vi·tal·ism / ˈvītlˌizəm/ • n. the theory that the origin and phenomena of life are dependent on a force or principle distinct from purely chemical or physical forces. DERIVATIVES: vi·tal·ist n. & adj.vi·tal·is·tic / ˌvītlˈistik/ adj.

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