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A dormant state induced by unfavorable environmental conditions such as high or low temperature, reduced oxygen, or drought, in which an organism's metabolic activity is reduced to an imperceptible level.
cryp′to·bi·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
(Zoology) zoology a temporary state in an organism in which metabolic activity is absent or undetectable
Medicine. a state in which the signs of life of an organism have weakened to the point where they are barely measurable or no longer measurable. — cryptobiotic, adj.See also: Biology