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life-support

[lahyf-suh-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈlaɪf səˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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 relating 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 relating 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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  • Perhaps the strategy is to provide enough long-term life-support to allow such tiny, always reversible, glacial steps to proceed.
  • Even then, the energy required to heft humans and all they would need for life-support in an extra-terrestrial colony is immense.
  • Preventing water scarcity from undermining food security, ecological life-support systems, and social stability will not be easy.
  • After his lungs and kidneys failed, he was on a life-support system for several weeks.
  • The problem is that keeping ailing companies on life-support holds back healthier firms and harms the economy overall.
  • Whatever the impact, it would be a mistake to confuse the twitches of an economy on life-support with a lasting recovery.
  • Its keeping an industry on life-support and because its being sustained in its present form, it hasn't evolved.
  • The challenge will be to convince markets that these measures will not turn into life-support machines.
  • There is nothing that can possibly be done other than to put the manufacturers on life-support by the end of the year.
  • life-support systems and research gear trump dishwashers and portable electronics.
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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