cryptobiosis

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

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cryptobiosis

noun
a state in which an animal's metabolic activities come to a reversible standstill 
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