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hibernate

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intransitive verb hi·ber·nate \ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of hibernate

hibernated; hibernating

  1. :  to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state; especially :  to pass the winter in a torpid condition in which the body temperature drops to a little above freezing and metabolic activity is reduced nearly to zero—compare estivate

hibernation \ˌhī-bər-ˈnā-shən\play noun
hibernator \ˈhī-bər-ˌnāt-ər\play noun




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