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cryptobiotic

Line breaks: crypto|biot¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪptəʊbʌɪˈɒtɪk
 
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Definition of cryptobiotic in English:

adjective

Biology
1Relating to or capable of cryptobiosis.
Example sentences
  • This showed us that they had been preserved in a cryptobiotic state.
  • A common feature of cryptobiotic processes is the production of large amounts of saccharides triggered by the detection of stressful conditions.
2Denoting primitive organisms of the kind presumed to have existed in earlier geological periods but to have left no trace of their existence.

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