A garment designed to provide pressure upon the body so that
respiratory and circulatory functions may continue normally, or nearly so,
under low-pressure conditions, such as occur at high altitudes or in space
without benefit of a pressurized cabin. A pressure suit is distinguished
from a pressurized suit, which inflates, although it may be fitted
with inflating parts that tighten the garment as ambient pressure decreases.
Compare with g-suit.
|XMC-2 full pressure suit developed for use in the
mid-1950s by Wright Field personnel and David Clark Company for X-15
AND AEROSPACE MEDICINE