life-support

adjective
life-sup·​port | \ ˈlīf-sə-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce life-support (audio) \

Definition of life-support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

life support

noun

Definition of life support (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of life-support in a Sentence

Noun

He was removed from life support. She was put on life support. equipment providing life support for astronauts
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And thanks to the need to carry fuel, oxidizer, life support, batteries, computers and more besides, the LM was noticeably smaller on the inside than the outside. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 The baby remained hospitalized on life support on Saturday, according to authorities. Sara Burnett, The Seattle Times, "Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case," 19 May 2019 Once known for melodramatic TV movies about women in peril, Lifetime has refocused on empowerment in recent years, including efforts to offer real-life support for its audience. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Sparks Debate and a Ratings Hit," 10 Jan. 2019 British parents Tom Evans and Kate James were honored at the forum for their unsuccessful legal battle to keep their toddler son, Alfie Evans, on life support in a British hospital. Fox News, "Bannon dubs the far-right Europe's "new elite" patriots," 22 Sep. 2018 As of midafternoon Monday, DeSantis was off life support but remained in grave condition from what Naugatuck police called a suicide attempt. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Police: Gunman Confessed To Relative In Southington Murder-Attempted Suicide," 4 June 2018 Crystal Fisher said her 18-year-old son had to be put on life support at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Woman says manager fired her over son’s hospitalization, manager no longer employed by company," 3 July 2018 Ventura police said they were notified that the victim was removed from life support at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday and died from the injury. USA TODAY, "Father holding his daughter in his lap fatally stabbed while dining at restaurant in California," 20 Apr. 2018 She was put on life support at a nearby hospital and recovered, police said. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Waterbury Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Heroin," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of life-support

Adjective

1959, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1974, in the meaning defined above

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life support

noun

English Language Learners Definition of life support

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

life-support

adjective

Medical Definition of life-support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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