cryptobiosis


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cryp·to·bi·o·sis

 (krĭp′tō-bī-ō′sĭs)
n.
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.

cryptobiosis

(ˌkrɪptəʊbaɪˈəʊsɪs)
n
(Zoology) zoology a temporary state in an organism in which metabolic activity is absent or undetectable

cryptobiosis

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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cryptobiosis - a state in which an animal's metabolic activities come to a reversible standstill
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
References in periodicals archive ?
Creatures such as tardigrades and wood frogs exhibit a capability known as cryptobiosis, a state where all metabolic processes appear to have stopped, yet life persists.
Studies have attributed some of these amazing powers to the tardigrades' ability to practice forms of cryptobiosis - a state in which metabolic activity is severely slowed down.
This rare crustacean lives in ephemeral ponds, and can undergo cryptobiosis, a state of torpor that allows it to wait out inhospitable drought conditions--for up to 15 years--until it finds itself in a puddle again.