life-support system
noun Date: 1959 an artificial or natural system that provides all or some of the items (as oxygen, food, water, control of temperature and pressure, disposition of carbon dioxide and body wastes) necessary for maintaining life or health

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  • life-support system — n a system that provides all or some of the items (as oxygen, food, water, and disposition of carbon dioxide and body wastes) necessary for maintaining life or health: as a) one used to maintain the health of a person or animal in outer space,… …   Medical dictionary

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  • Life support system — For other uses of Life support , see Life support (disambiguation). In human spaceflight, a life support system is a group of devices that allow a human being to survive in space. US government space agency NASA,[1] and private spaceflight… …   Wikipedia

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  • life-support system — ▪ environmental       any mechanical device that enables a person to live and usually work in an environment such as outer space or underwater in which he could not otherwise function or survive for any appreciable amount of time. Life support… …   Universalium

  • Life-Support-System — Life Sup|port Sys|tem [...sə pɔ:t...] das; s <zu engl. support »Unterstützung«> System zur Erhaltung des menschlichen Lebens in einer zum Leben nicht geeigneten Umgebung durch die automatische Regelung von Sauerstoff u. Kohlendioxid,… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • life support system — noun (C) 1 a piece of equipment that keeps someone alive when they are extremely ill 2 a piece of equipment that keeps people alive in conditions where they would not normally be able to live, such as in space 3 a natural system that is necessary …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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