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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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
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This paradox may be explained in that nematodes can survive extreme desiccation and freezing by entering into anhydrobiosis and cryobiosis (Pickup and Rothery 1991, Wharton and Block 1993) and may live in microsites in the soil where moisture and water-vapor movement is sufficient for activity, but difficult to measure (Freckman and Virginia 1989).