Definition of life support in English:

life support

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[mass noun] Medicine
  • 1Maintenance of a patient’s vital functions following disablement or in an adverse environment: [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 life support: 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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