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life support

Syllabification: life sup·port

Definition of life support in English:


1Maintenance of the vital functions of a critically ill or comatose person or a person undergoing surgery: [as modifier]: a life-support machine
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  • Under the current system, most organs are donated by patients on life support machines who die after suffering irreversible brain damage.
  • Systems that use living organisms to perform life support system functions are called bioregenerative life-support systems.
  • For example, suppose a doctor refuses to withdraw life support from an incompetent patient when the clinical team agrees it to be appropriate.
1.1 informal Equipment in a hospital used for this: a patient on life support
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  • He suffered congestive heart failure earlier this year and is on life support at an Orlando hospital.
  • A few months ago his wife had a stroke, and she was in the hospital on life support since then.
  • We do believe that it's put several people not only in the hospital but on life support.

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