Definition of cryoprotectant in English:


Line breaks: cryo|pro¦tect|ant
Pronunciation: /ˌkrʌɪəʊprəˈtɛkt(ə)nt


  • A substance that prevents the freezing of tissues, or prevents damage to cells during freezing.
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    • Chemicals called cryoprotectants reduce ice formation but have toxic effects that introduce their own problems.
    • It is currently believed that effective cryoprotectants for proteins or enzymes in solution are excluded from the immediate vicinity of these biological molecules.
    • Diplolepis overwinter in a prepupal stage; they are freezing-intolerant and develop cryoprotectants that lower their supercooling points.

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