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life-support

[lahyf-suh-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈlaɪf səˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to equipment or measures that sustain or artificially substitute for essential body functions, as breathing or disposal of body wastes:
Without life-support equipment, the patient might die.
2.
of or pertaining to equipment or measures that provide, within a surrounding hostile environment, as outer space or ocean depths, a life-sustaining environment similar to that found on the earth's surface:
the life-support system of a spacecraft or submarine.
3.
of or pertaining to anything that fosters or sustains life, success, or continued existence, as of a person, thing, or nation:
the life-support system of the economy.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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British Dictionary definitions for life support

life-support

adjective
1.
of or providing the equipment required to sustain human life in an unnatural environment, such as in space, or in severe illness or disability
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