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life support system:

see artificial life supportartificial life support,
systems that use medical technology to aid, support, or replace a vital function of the body that has been seriously damaged. Such techniques include artificial pacemakers, internal defibrillators, dialysis machines (see kidney, artificial), and
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; Life Support for Human Spaceflight under space sciencespace science,
body of scientific knowledge as it relates to space exploration; it is sometimes also called astronautics. Space science draws on the conventional sciences of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, as well as requiring specific research of its own.
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life support system

[′līf sə‚pȯrt ‚sis·təm]
(engineering)
A system providing atmospheric control and monitoring, such as a breathing mixture supply system, air purification and filtering system, or carbon dioxide removal system; used in oceanographic submersibles and spacecraft.
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Each farm is completely self-contained, with backup life-support systems to ensure the safety of the fish crop.
He was removed from life-support systems at the request of his family.
O'Leary died Tuesday afternoon after being removed from life-support systems.
The software is a critical component because it controls the orbiting vehicle's operations, including more than 60 computers dedicated to maintaining the 168-ton space station's attitude as it orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, and controlling such functions as electronic equipment and life-support systems for the three-person crew.
Attacked while talking to his girlfriend early Saturday outside a Palmdale party, 19-year-old Christopher O'Leary died Tuesday afternoon after being removed from life-support systems.
It is this recently completed sanctuary, complete with electrical outlets and facilities to accommodate patients' intravenous pumps and life-support systems, that will be dedicated today.
Wire services reported that the family had decided not to withdraw life-support systems.
Unless more power is restored soon - how soon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration couldn't say - they may not be able to operate their life-support systems, such as the primary oxygen generators and the carbon dioxide removal system.
But if a recent spate of equipment breakdowns in vital life-support systems is any indication, Mir's age is starting to show.
CHATSWORTH - A Simi Valley woman injured Wednesday in a crash on the eastbound Ronald Reagan Freeway in Chatsworth was placed on life-support systems, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
A Progress resupply rocket successfully launched from Kazakstan on Sunday afternoon, carrying kits to repair three life-support systems needed to prevent the air supply from becoming toxic.