suspended animation


suspended animation

noun

: a state in which the processes of the body (such as blood circulation) stop or become very slow for a period of time while a person or animal is unconscious

Full Definition of SUSPENDED ANIMATION

1
:  temporary suspension of the vital functions (as in persons nearly drowned)
2
:  a condition (as inactivity) likened to suspended animation

Examples of SUSPENDED ANIMATION

  1. animals that sleep through the winter in a state of suspended animation
  2. <the husband's feeling that their love life was in suspended animation while his wife lavished all her attention on the new baby>

First Known Use of SUSPENDED ANIMATION

1787

sus·pend·ed animation

noun \sə-ˈspend-əd-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUSPENDED ANIMATION

: temporary suspension of the vital functions (as in persons nearly drowned)

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