life-support system


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life-support system

n.
1. Equipment that creates a viable environment under conditions otherwise incompatible with life.
2. Medical equipment that augments or substitutes for an essential bodily function, such as respiration, enabling a patient who otherwise might not survive to live.
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Noun1.life-support system - equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditionslife-support system - equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions; "the astronauts relied on their life-support systems"
equipment - an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
2.life-support system - medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive; "the patient is on life support"
equipment - an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
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