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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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 Grotjan was flown to Germany, where he was put on life support after falling into a coma. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Waterford Airman Dies After Accident While Serving In United Arab Emirates," 13 July 2018 Her case had been at the center of a national debate over brain death since the girl’s mother refused to remove her daughter from life support. Fox News, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of brain death debate, has died after surgery, family says," 28 June 2018 Areen’s case had been tied up in courts for more than two months as the family fought legal attempts by CHOP to have their son removed from life support. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Boy on life support at CHOP leaves U.S., arrives in Guatemala for procedure," 25 June 2018 Hernandez died days later after being removed from life support. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Jurors in choking trial aren’t barred from working on Sabbath," 23 June 2018 That banks are in such a position highlights the remarkable change in fortunes for an industry that was on life support a decade ago. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "What Stress? It's Good to Be a Bank," 22 June 2018 The 80-year-old man, who was badly injured, was taken to Central Washington Hospital, where he was later removed from life support, Anderson said. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "80-year-old man killed in crash on Highway 2 near Monitor, Wash.," 10 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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