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Is there a phrase for words like "heart rate", "blood pressure", "sweat", "temperature", etc.?

Usage example:

Estimating someone's mood by their [phrase]

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From my medical training these are called physiological signs and symptoms.

Signs are body responses which can be detected by a medically trained person e.g. Blood pressure

Symptoms are such responses which can be detected by anyone e.g. Sweating, flushing.

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    Don't people usually call them "vital signs" or "vitals" for short? In my time as an EMT that's pretty much the only thing they were called – Nick Weinberg Feb 12 '17 at 16:29
  • Sweat isn't a vital sign – Chris M Feb 12 '17 at 16:38
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    "sweat" isn't measurable. It seems to have snuck in there with some other, measurable things. – stannius Feb 12 '17 at 18:44
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A person’s vitals (vital signs).

vital signs
noun
clinical measurements, specifically pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate, and blood pressure, that indicate the state of a patient's essential body functions

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    Although it's short, this is the best answer. When you're in the hospital, nursing staff come into the room and "check your vitals" on a regular schedule. When you arrive in the ER, one of the first things they do is take vitals. This term is widely used and widely recognized. – barbecue Feb 12 '17 at 22:24
  • But no one's going to determine your mood by taking you down to ER and accurately measuring your vital signs. – Chris M Feb 13 '17 at 1:48
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    No one's going to call an ambulance to determine whether you're angry or not – Chris M Feb 13 '17 at 2:38

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