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G-suit

(je-sut)
A coverall-type garment designed for use by aviators. It contains compartments that inflate and bring pressure on the legs and abdomen to prevent blood from pooling there. In aviators this helps to prevent unconsciousness caused by positive acceleration with resulting pooling of blood in the lower extremities. The suit has been used in medicine to treat postural hypotension.
See: antishock garment; MAST
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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE -- Before climbing into the back seat of a 1,300mph F-16 fighter jet, I was given a piece of advice -- keep the airsick bag tucked in at the top of my G-suit in case I needed it in a hurry.
Huge G-force - gravitational pull - was draining blood from their heads and swelling their feet, and the pilots' ordinary G-suits did not work properly in the new plane.
Some military stunt pilots even wear G-suits for shows.