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anabiosis

Syllabification: an·a·bi·o·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌanəbīˈōsəs
 
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Definition of anabiosis in English:

noun

Zoology
A temporary state of suspended animation or greatly reduced metabolism.
Example sentences
  • CAM also occurs in some resurrection plants that are desiccation-tolerant and can shift between biosis and anabiosis as they dry out and are rewatered, respectively.
  • His photographs show that during anabiosis membranes contract in intricate folds within the shrunken cell.
  • He said three types of life forms are found in permafrost: active ones that eke out a living, forms in suspended anabiosis until things get better, and the ones that simply gave up and died.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek anabiōsis, from anabioein 'return to life'.

Derivatives

anabiotic

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Pronunciation: /-ˈätik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • We put hearts, blood and semen of the lab animals into an anabiotic capsule designed and built by our team.
  • Evidence suggests that glacial ice cannot support bacterial growth but rather traps these organisms for considerable lengths of time in an anabiotic state.
  • When anabiotic, tardigrades look like they are dead - they don't move, don't breathe and their metabolism is undetectable.

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