life-support system


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to life-support system: life support equipment

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, enabling a patient who otherwise might not survive to live.
References in periodicals archive ?
The F-22 life-support system will deliver superior performance," said Bob Barnes, F-22 vice president-program manager for Boeing.
We're running a vast experiment on ourselves and taking out no significant insurance against destroying our life-support systems.
Warren was on life-support systems and not expected to survive, but he clung to life for the next eight months.
It's the shut reactors and stopped Wal-Marts, the canceled roads and purchased organic produce that dictate whether humankind saves its life-support systems.
Astronauts now perform about 12,000 complex procedures to maintain life-support systems, inspect space suits, conduct science experiments, perform medical exams and other routine tasks.
It's a critical mission, since the Rocketdyne equipment will power the space station's life-support systems.
Jumping-jack reporters in a positive frenzy at the post-op press conference asked breathlessly whether Clinton could really STILL go to Helsinki, as if postponing a meeting with a guy barely off life-support systems might reignite the Cold War.
O'Leary went home, but was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center later that morning and died three days later after being removed from life-support systems.
The panel recommends that MRI not be used on patients with cardiac pacemakers and that caution be taken with those on life-support systems.
Isolation Chamber Tester: At NASA, engineers responsible for life-support systems sign up to spend a few months in cramped captivity to test their equipment.
O'Leary went home, but was taken to a hospital later that morning and died three days later after being removed from life-support systems.