life-support machine

life-support machine
life-support machines
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A life-support machine is the equipment that is used to keep a person alive when they are very ill and cannot breathe without help. [mainly BRIT]

He is in a coma and on a life-support machine.

(in AM, use respirator)

English dictionary. 2008.

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