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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In principle, this means it can be used for life support and manufacturing rocket fuel, which is arguably the main reason why NASA is planning to send astronauts to the lunar south pole in 2024. Wired, "India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed," 6 Sep. 2019 That will keep corporate zombies on life support, and maybe even create a few new ones. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Why ‘Zombie’ Companies Are on the Rise—and Could Pose a Threat to the U.S. Economy," 2 Sep. 2019 As the days on the baseball dance card and the Red Sox’ opportunities to make up ground in the chase for the second American League wild-card slot dwindle, the Sox’ season remains on life support. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s time for a Red Sox reset," 21 Aug. 2019 Friends reported earlier this month that the elder Shooter was on life support. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Former Arizona lawmaker Don Shooter released from hospital after health scare," 12 Aug. 2019 They can be designed to not require life support and have reactions suited to the space environment. Anders Sandberg, Quartz, "We should stop sending humans into space to do a robot’s job," 19 July 2019 While the figures are subject to change, NASA initially plans to charge $11,250 per commercial crew member per day for life support and bathroom privileges and another $22,500 per day for crew supplies, including air and water. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA opens space station to private-sector astronauts," 7 June 2019 The state-of-the-art life support system is remotely located approximately 40 feet from the aquarium. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Infinity Aquarium Design Will Make You Want a $55,000 Fish Tank," 14 Aug. 2019 The ship currently uses power to operate weapons, sensors, propulsion, the ship-wide computer system, and life support systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the USS Zumwalt Destroyers," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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