Definition of life support in English:

Share this entry

life support

Pronunciation:

noun

The use of specialized equipment to maintain a person’s essential physical functions when they are very ill or in an environment such as space or under water: his wife decided to remove him from life support and take him home to die with hospice care a patient on life support figurative the measures might get the technology sector off life support
More example sentences
  • 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.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.