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life-support system

life-support system in Medicine

life-support system n.

  1. Equipment that creates a viable environment under conditions otherwise incompatible with life.

  2. Medical equipment that augments or substitutes for an essential bodily function, such as respiration or excretion, enabling a patient who otherwise might not survive to live.

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