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3 ENTRIES FOUND:

life support

noun

medical : the equipment, material, and treatment needed to keep a very sick or hurt patient alive

: the things that are needed to keep someone alive in a place (such as outer space) where life is usually not possible

Full Definition of LIFE SUPPORT

:  medical life-support equipment <the patient was placed on life support>

Examples of LIFE SUPPORT

  1. He was removed from life support.
  2. She was put on life support.
  3. equipment providing life support for astronauts

First Known Use of LIFE SUPPORT

1959

life support

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LIFE SUPPORT

:  equipment, material, and treatment needed to keep a seriously ill or injured patient alive <research shows that if basic life support is used on serious trauma victims within four minutes and advanced life support within eight, nearly 50% of them survive—Nancy Gibbs et al> <was on full life support for three weeks—Richard Hoffer>

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