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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.
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Adj.1.cryptobiotic - of or related to the state of cryptobiosis
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Terrestrial species occur in mosses, lichens, liverworts, and leaf litter, and are renowned for their ability to enter a cryptobiotic state (anhydrobiosis) in response to desiccation.
Reactivation of a Cryptobiotic Stream Ecosystem in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: A Long-Term Geomorphological Experiment', Geomorphology 89/1-2 (2007).
Although these taxa could have come from upstream perennial water sources, they also could have come from other sources, such as cryptobiotic states (e.
And over there--indicating the dark, almost burned-looking ground--is cryptobiotic soil, or literally, "hidden life.
It is possible that mice will have retained landscape information under brighter conditions and then move into cryptobiotic crust areas under darker conditions to reduce predation while foraging (Zollner and Lima, 1999).
When they next encounter moisture, they can come back to life in just a few hours; tardigrades can survive in this cryptobiotic state for a few decades.
1985 Behavior of the cryptobiotic predaceous ant Eurhopalothrix heliscata, n.
Causes and consequences of excess resistance in cryptobiotic metazoans.
On the trail out, we teach the "small things do big things" theme by pointing out the importance of cryptobiotic soil in the healthy maintenance of our local ecosystems, further embellishing the site and trail etiquette concepts.
In many places, where no cattle, hikers, or off-road vehicles have churned the landscape, a fragile crust of cryptobiotic organisms covers the land.