cryo·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌkrī-ō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce cryobiology (audio)
: the study of the effects of extremely low temperature on living organisms and cells
cryobiological adjective
cryobiologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That credo holds true for scientists in cryobiology today. Katharine Gammon, Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2019 Modern vitrification technologies in cryobiology and complex organ preservations have been developed through the support of the cryonics community and are used by organizations such as Alcor. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 6 June 2022

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Word History


cryo- + biology (perhaps after German Kryo-biologie)

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryobiology was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Cryobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


cryo·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌkrī-ō-bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce cryobiology (audio)
plural cryobiologies
: the study of the effects of extremely low temperature on biological systems (as cells or organisms)
cryobiological adjective
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