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forced vital capacity

 

Definition: vital capacity measured with the subject exhaling as rapidly as possible; data relating volume, expiratory flow, and time form the basis for other pulmonary function tests, flow-volume curve, forced expiratory volume, forced expiratory time, forced expiratory flow.

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