life-support

adjective life-sup·port \ ˈlīf-sə-ˈpȯrt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of life-support

: providing support necessary to sustain life; especially : of or relating to a system providing such support
  • life-support equipment

First Known Use of life-support

1959


life support

noun

Definition of life support

: medical life-support equipment
  • the patient was placed on life support

Examples of life support in a Sentence

  1. He was removed from life support.

  2. She was put on life support.

  3. equipment providing life support for astronauts

Recent Examples of life support from the Web

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First Known Use of life support

1974


LIFE-SUPPORT Defined for English Language Learners

life support

noun

Definition of life support for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

life-support

adjective

medical Definition of life-support

: providing support necessary to sustain life; especially : of, relating to, or being a life-support system
  • life-support equipment

life support

noun

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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