Definition of life-support machine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


life-support machine

BrE BrE//ˌlaɪf səˈpɔːt məʃiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌlaɪf səˈpɔːrt məʃiːn//
(also life-support system) Hospitals
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a piece of equipment that keeps somebody alive when they are extremely ill/sick and cannot breathe without help He was put on a life-support machine in intensive care. See related entries: Hospitals