vitalism definition

  • noun:
    • the idea or doctrine that life processes occur from or contain a nonmaterial essential concept and cannot be explained totally as actual and chemical phenomena.
    • the doctrine that life involves some immaterial "vital force", and should not be explained scientifically
    • The doctrine that most the functions of an income system are due to an unknown important concept distinct from all chemical and actual causes.
    • In biology, the doctrine that ascribes all features of an organism to an important concept distinct from chemical also real causes.
    • (philosophy) a doctrine that life is a vital concept distinct from physics and chemistry

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