life-support system


Definition of life-support system 

: an artificial or natural system that provides all or some of the items (such as oxygen, food, water, control of temperature and pressure, disposition of carbon dioxide and body wastes) necessary for maintaining life or health

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Designing the life-support system was very important. The Kansas City Zoo, kansascity, "New Stingray Bay Touch Tank Exhibit Now Open at KC Zoo (Sponsored)," 27 June 2018 Doctors at the Liverpool hospital where Alfie is being treated switched off his life-support systems on Monday. Eli Meixler, Time, "The Parents of a Terminally Ill British Toddler Have Lost Their Appeal to Take Him to Rome for Treatment," 25 Apr. 2018 The utter lack of climate and lower gravity means the two worlds require vastly different life-support system designs. Neel V. Patel, Slate Magazine, "Trump Wants to Go to the Moon. Do Private Space Companies?," 14 Dec. 2017 But in this amusing, pointed romp, Grandad Claxon is little more than a tuft of hair in a high-tech wheelchair, a rolling life-support system that bleeps and hisses and leaks. Andrea Simakis,, "Eric Coble's world-premiere farce 'The Family Claxon' at Cleveland Public Theatre is a fun-house mirror for America (review)," 20 Oct. 2017 Yet it could be argued the GT R is merely an engine mount life-support system. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT R: A Race Car for Regular People," 6 Oct. 2017 Though the museum has generators to power life-support systems for its fish and wildlife, the power never went out. Chabeli Herrera, Andres Viglucci, Carli Teproff And Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "South Florida’s attractions suffered severe damage during Irma. But most animals survived," 13 Sep. 2017

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of life-support system 

: a system that provides all or some of the items (as oxygen, food, water, and disposition of carbon dioxide and body wastes) necessary for maintaining life or health: as

a : one used to maintain the health of a person or animal in outer space, underwater, or in a mine

b : one used to maintain the life of an injured or ill person unable to maintain certain physiological processes without artificial support

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