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.
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cryptobiosis

(ˌkrɪptəʊbaɪˈəʊsɪs)
n
(Zoology) zoology a temporary state in an organism in which metabolic activity is absent or undetectable
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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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A special ability called cryptobiosis allows a tardigrade to expel nearly all of the water in its body and pause its metabolism, putting it into a seed-like inactive state that helps the tiny creature endure the extreme temperatures of -272 to 151AdegC and the absence of oxygen or water for as long as 120 years without aging.
As microscopic organisms that are capable of entering a reversible death-like state (e.g., cryptobiosis), tardigrades hold high interest in both societal and scientific communities due to their ability to survive in extreme conditions.
Animals like wood frogs are capable of a similar process called 'cryptobiosis' to survive in freezing conditions.