Definition of suspended animation in English:

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suspended animation

Pronunciation: /səˈspendəd ˌanəˈmāSHən/

noun

The temporary cessation of most vital functions without death, as in a dormant seed or a hibernating animal.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: sus·pend·ed an·i·ma·tion

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