A Hausdorff space which, under any topological imbedding into an arbitrary Hausdorff space $Y$, is a closed set in $Y$. The characteristic property of an $H$-closed space is that any open covering of the space contains a finite subfamily the closures of the elements of which cover the space. A regular $H$-closed space is compact. If every closed subspace of a space is $H$-closed, then the space itself is compact. A theory has been developed for $H$-closed extensions of Hausdorff spaces.
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