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Descriptor English: Life
Descriptor Spanish: Vida
Descriptor Portuguese: Vida
Descriptor French: Vie
Tree number(s): K01.752.400
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D019369
Scope note: The state that distinguishes organisms from inorganic matter, manifested by growth, metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation. It includes the course of existence, the sum of experiences, the mode of existing, or the fact of being. Over the centuries inquiries into the nature of life have crossed the boundaries from philosophy to biology, forensic medicine, anthropology, etc., in creative as well as scientific literature. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed; Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)
Annotation:
Previous Indexing: Philosophy (1966-1996)
Philosophy, Medical (1966-1996)
Public MeSH Note: 97
History Note: 97
DeCS ID: 33191
Unique ID: D019369
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Date Established: 1997/01/01
Date of Entry: 1996/06/10
Revision Date: 2002/07/03
Life - Preferred
Concept UI M0028824
Scope note The state that distinguishes organisms from inorganic matter, manifested by growth, metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation. It includes the course of existence, the sum of experiences, the mode of existing, or the fact of being. Over the centuries inquiries into the nature of life have crossed the boundaries from philosophy to biology, forensic medicine, anthropology, etc., in creative as well as scientific literature. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed; Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)
Preferred term Life



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