from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Equipment that creates a viable environment under conditions otherwise incompatible with life.
- n. Medical equipment that augments or substitutes for an essential bodily function, such as respiration, enabling a patient who otherwise might not survive to live.
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- n. equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
- n. medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
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