suspended animation

noun
a state of temporary cessation of the vital functions.

Origin:
1810–20

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

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

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Example sentences
The frogs, however, enter a state of suspended animation.
In small amounts, it can put animals into a state of suspended animation.
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.
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