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suspended animation

a state of temporary cessation of the vital functions.
Origin of suspended animation
1810-20 Unabridged
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  • The frogs, however, enter a state of suspended animation.
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  • There is some research on suspended animation which may bear fruit for us, however.
  • Emerging technology sometimes makes a theory that is in suspended animation reemerge.
  • Part of the answer could be that tardigrades have a unique metabolism which allows them to enter a state of suspended animation.
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  • Big news stories go through a strange period of suspended animation before enough facts become available to shape a narrative.
  • Governance of the religion of more than a billion people across the globe enters a state of suspended animation.
  • Oddly, the lack of downtown activity for so long kept much of the city's trove of old buildings in suspended animation.
British Dictionary definitions for suspended animation

suspended animation

a temporary cessation of the vital functions, as by freezing an organism
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suspended animation in Medicine

suspended animation sus·pend·ed animation (sə-spěn'dĭd)
A temporary interruption of the vital functions resembling death.

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