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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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TEN-MAN Petershill held on for dear life to line up an away tie at Arthurlie in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.
Barry put his foot to the floor and with gritted teeth I was holding on for dear life.
And Hammam stressed the Bluebirds will cling on to teenage striker Cameron Jerome - the subject of a pounds 400,000 bid from Sunderland earlier this month - for dear life.
We were all hanging on for dear life. It was just like something from the film Jaws.
Many people forget the performance that both horse and jockey put in to win the race - Aldaniti jumped magnificently and Bob was shoving and kicking for dear life around the elbow, but the horse kept pulling out more and more to fend off both Royal Mail and Spartan Missile.
Over a year ago, my five-year-old child was told by a security guard at Huddersfield Bus Station to take off his roller boots to go to the toilet - even though he was hanging on to my arm for dear life as he couldn't even walk in them.
But the Croatians hung on for dear life to take their place in next summer's prestigious Euro 2004 finals.
The 22-year-old converted from close range after 21 minutes to snatch all three points from a game in which the visitors were forced to defend for dear life.
As the engine was running and still in forward gear, he grabbed the tree and hung on for dear life, holding the boat still.
The Red Lions are still undefeated in the second round after six games and improved to a 12-1 record to stay at the second seed while Generals are hanging on for dear life with a 2-10 card at 11th place.
Clinging on for dear life, the victim was hauled through the water and up the rocky shore - battered, exhausted but safe.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Titanic 9 Nonet 10 Endow 11 Monsoon 12 Loo 13 Progress 16 Isolated 17 Ill 19 Tartare 21 Homer 22 Canto 23 Palette DOWN: 1 Othello 2 Studious 3 Know 4 Ensnared 5 Undo 6 Stand 8 Compost heap 13 Polka dot 14 Stigmata 15 Alarmed 18 Stack 20 Runt 21 Hale QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 For dear life 8 Air 9 Eve 11 Draught 12 Meter 13 Del 14 Era 15 Vaccine 17 Ran 19 Rice 21 Iced 23 Germ 25 Solo 27 Paw 29 Tapered 31 Art 34 Ape 36 Roast 37 Careful 38 Fox 39 Ark 40 Kitchenware DOWN: 1 Fire 2 Oral 3 Degrade 4 Attack 5 Lemon 6 Fete 7 Ever 8 Adder 10 Erase 16 Err 18 Nil 20 Imp 22 Cot 24 Eyebrow 25 Scarf 26 Rescue 28Whelk 30 Attic 32 Rook 33 Taxi 34 Afar 35 Pure