Part of speech: noun

The vital parts, as the heart and brain.

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Usage examples "vitals":

  1. The idea of anybody passing up a chance like that to enrich himself literally smote him to the vitals. - "Murder in the Gunroom", Henry Beam Piper.
  2. He'll get at my vitals one of these days, no doubt. - "Will Warburton", George Gissing.
  3. Oh, my dear, the time came when I wished that I had no son, when the sharpness of the serpent's tooth entered my very vitals. - "Doctor Luttrell's First Patient", Rosa Nouchette Carey.