life-support

adjective
life-sup·​port | \ˈlīf-sə-ˈpȯrt \

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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Little in what is known of his life supports such a claim. John Hooper, WSJ, "Exhibits Mark 500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci, the Original Renaissance Man," 31 Oct. 2018 These components, combined with Orion’s life support capabilities, can support the crew for up to 15 days on the Gateway. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 If people need advanced life support, such as paramedic assistance, the minimum tab is now $791 and the top is $870. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "$36.75 aspirin give you a headache? Hales Corners officials say it's not their fault," 8 May 2018 After Alfie was taken off life support, the parents put their mouths to their son’s lips and took turns hoping to breathe life into him. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "England's Baby Alfie and the politics of life," 27 Apr. 2018 The initial call to service came at 1:52 p.m. Four engines, three trucks, heavy rescue, two medic units, advanced life support, a safety officer and two district chiefs responded to the scene, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department. Bob Strickley, Cincinnati.com, "Crews respond to possible explosion, large fire at recycling center on State Ave.," 26 Mar. 2018 The 16-year-old victim of Tuesday’s shooting at Great Mills High School will be taken off life support, her family announced Thursday night. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "16-year-old victim of Maryland school shooting to be taken off life support, family says," 23 Mar. 2018 He could not be revived, and was placed on life support and later transferred to CHOP. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Declared brain dead almost 5 years ago, Calif. teen's life finally ends in N.J.," 29 June 2018 Those moments, and their Christian faith, invigorated Jahi’s family in their fight to keep the girl on life support. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of debate over brain death, dies, mother says," 29 June 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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