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life support

noun

Medical Definition of life support

  1. :  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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