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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Michael Knapinski, 45, was put on life support after arriving at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, last week. Marika Gerken, CNN, "A Mount Rainier hiker was 'essentially dead' for 45 minutes -- until a team of Seattle doctors revived his heart," 21 Nov. 2020 When Robinson signed a veteran-minimum deal with the Warriors in summer 2019, his career was on life support after a disappointing season in Detroit. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How Klay Thompson Achilles injury affects Warriors’ free agency plans: 10 priorities," 19 Nov. 2020 Governors face wrenching choices in gathering and apportioning supplies and an eventual vaccine, keeping economies on life support and cajoling voters to wear masks and stay home -- again. Emma Court, Bloomberg.com, "With Covid and Trump Both Raging, Governors Face Pandemic Alone," 12 Nov. 2020 Some observers raised their eyebrows when Novavax won Warp Speed funding, given that the firm was on life support last year. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Will a small, long-shot U.S. company end up producing the best coronavirus vaccine?," 3 Nov. 2020 According to a tweet by Redeye Radio host Gary McNamara, McKibbon suffered an aneurysm and was on life support until last evening. NBC News, "'American Idol' Season 1 contestant Nikki McKibbin dies at 42," 1 Nov. 2020 According to a tweet by Redeye Radio host Gary McNamara, McKibbon suffered a brain aneurysm and was on life support until the late hours of Oct. 30. Michele Amabile Angermiller, chicagotribune.com, "‘American Idol’ alum Nikki McKibbin dies at 42," 1 Nov. 2020 That process, however, has been on life support for more than a decade, and in The War of Return, Einat Wilf’s incisive and bracing revisionist look at the conflict, with journalist Adi Schwartz, the real reason quickly becomes apparent. Michael M. Rosen, National Review, "The Real Obstacle to Peace in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict," 20 Aug. 2020 The company had appeared to be on life support, posting negative sales growth in five of the last six years, a trend that seemed to be accelerating this year. Matt Ott, Star Tribune, "Tupperware profits soar as pandemic shut-ins store leftovers," 28 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life-support. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for life-support

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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