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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After he was declared brain dead, his sister Karen made the decision to take him off life support. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 Today, the hope is on life support, and the change has yet to be seen. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 Pike's suggest that the problems wreaking havoc on Discovery, with malfunctioning communicators and life support systems, indicates that the unknown alien is a virus infecting the ship. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 Today, for example, some components of life support systems have about a six-month average before failure. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 But batteries also power the life support systems on astronauts’ spacesuits, as well as tools and other portable electric items needed to repair the outside of the International Space Station. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA is prepared if a battery ever explodes in space," 17 Aug. 2018 Protests broke out when the museum had to disconnect the life support system because the jacket grew too big. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 The building is, in effect, a huge life support system for diverse animals, which also accommodates people. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 But the day before doctors were set to pull the plug on his life support systems in March, Trenton started showing signs of mental cognition, according to WALA, a FOX affiliate in Alabama. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Miracle' child comes to life from brain injuries after parents sign organ donation papers," 6 May 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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