Definition of suspended animation in English:

suspended animation

Line breaks: sus|pend¦ed ani|ma¦tion


[mass noun]
  • The temporary cessation of most vital functions without death, as in a dormant seed or a hibernating animal.
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    • Seeds are wonders of suspended animation, vehicles for the survival of embryonic plants, but their powers do not last forever.
    • In fact, evidence suggests that the compound, which puts cells in a temporary state of suspended animation, may help protect brain cells from the ravages of Parkinson's disease as well.
    • Anhydrobiosis is a state of suspended animation certain invertebrate animals enter in response to severe drought.

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