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1. Vitality, the essential condition of being alive; the state of existence characterized by such functions as metabolism, growth, reproduction, adaptation, and response to stimuli.
2. Living organisms such as animals and plants.
[A.S. lif]
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n. pl. lives (līvz)
a. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.
b. The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.
Of or relating to animate existence; involved in or necessary for living: life processes.
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Industry The duration of a product or material in its as-manufactured form
SciSpeak The duration of a substance in a system
Vox populi A constellation of vital phenomena—organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation
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1. A constellation of vital phenomena–organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation. See Quality of life, Sex life, Sexual life.
2. The duration of a product or material in its as-manufactured form. See Shelf life.
3. The duration of a substance in a system. See Biological half-life.


Cardiology A clinical trial–Losartan Intervention for Endpoint Reduction in Hypertension comparing the effects of 2 antihypertensives on cardiovascular M&M. See Antihypertensive, Atenolol, Hypertension, Losartan.
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1. The quality or condition proper to living beings; the state of existence characterized by such functions as metabolism, growth, reproduction, adaptation, and response to stimuli.
2. Living organisms such as animals and plants.
[A.S. lif]
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A self-replicating chemical system capable of undergoing Darwinian evolution. This is but one of many proposed definitions of the term.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


the continuation of the collective activities of an organism.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Patient discussion about life

Q. So now it’s for life? Just like that, out of the blue my doctor told me a few months ago that I apparently I have diabetes (although I’m already 37), and that I’ll need to inject insulin to control my blood sugar. Moreover, I’ll have to restrict my diet and plan everything I put inside my mouth ahead. So far I manage with it, but it interfere with my life so much I don’t how long I can keep this way- it’s like I lost the possibility to be spontaneous in my llife. How do you cope with it?

A. Hi,
I share similar feelings- I was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a couple of years ago at 35, and indeed I have to plan my meals ahead. I don’t have any magical solution, but I can at least tell you that’s once you (and your environment) make some helpful technical changes, it feels less of a problem.

But hey, at least we had our twenties to live freely :)

Q. Is it for life? I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and started taking meds (MTX and others). How long will I have to take these medications?

A. sadly, i can't give you better news then mrfoot56 and brwnis65. these medication are for life. but there are all sort of new treatments that are now researched, using biological ways to reduce the immunoglobolins complexes that accumulates in your joints, here is an article about top 10 advances of 2007:

Q. Give life to her please! Here is a really confusing question to you all. But your reply is a life for her. I know someone who is bipolar and she thinks that her ‘brother’ sexually molested her when they were kids. Can this be a delusion? Or hallucinating?

A. Im going to answer this question a little different;What if she is telling the truth,and her brother is planning on no body believing her? because she has this disease?---keep that in mind when you take her to the DR--mrfoot56

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Jane hopes similar life-saving classes and seminars would be adopted by the NHS and run during ante-natal and parenting sessions during pregnancy.
"In its early days, life-saving crews lived in the station only seasonally.
Calls for the current review of the TRIPS Agreement to ensure that the rights of developing countries to obtain the cheapest possible life-saving medicines, whether patented or generic, are guaranteed, and further calls on all the interested parties to actively engage in this process;
'DRAP didn't increase the prices of the medicine until the shortage of life-saving drugs was reported in the market,' the statement said.
The heads of others major hospitals of Karachi also confirmed that they had been facing an acute shortage of medicines and surgical items as supply of life-saving drugs from health department could not start yet despite passage of six months which had compelled patients to buy medicines and other medical items from their own pockets.
This effort solved the larger-level issue of transporting patients (and dead bodies), but these vehicles were not equipped with oxygen cylinders, pulse oximeters, cardiac monitors, defibrillators and other life-saving emergency equipment and medicines.
There was a need for at least 200 life-saving ambulances for this populous city to ensure quick response and medical support in any emergency.
An announcement here on Friday said the Aman Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PALS for provision of life-saving equipment and boats for Karachi Beaches.
ZHOB -- The medicines which have the potential to sustain life or prevent further complications called life-saving drugs.
IF it's true that 'the lights are set to go out on Percy's life-saving cats eye invention' (Examiner, Sept 7) to be replaced by solar-powered LED road stars then it's the end of a very historic invention that in almost 80 years has saved untold numbers of lives and limbs on the world's roads.
SIR - I write in response to Chris Franks' recent letter criticising the Welsh Government's decision to introduce changes to the way the Welsh Ambulance Services responds to urgent calls, allowing them to prioritise patients in most need of life-saving care.