cryo·​pres·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌkrī-ō-ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce cryopreservation (audio) \

Definition of cryopreservation

: preservation (as of cells) by subjection to extremely low temperatures

Other Words from cryopreservation

cryopreserve \ ˌkrī-​ō-​pri-​ˈzərv How to pronounce cryopreservation (audio) , ˈkrī-​ō-​pri-​ˌzərv \ transitive verb

Examples of cryopreservation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The strongest reason for believing China will come to dominate the field is not just its population of 1.4 billion people but its domestic attitude toward cryopreservation. New York Times, 26 June 2021 The Chinese performed their first cryopreservation in 2017, and Yinfeng’s storage vats hold only a dozen clients. New York Times, 26 June 2021 The Florida Aquarium, in Apollo Beach, reached a milestone in its mission to restore the coral reefs, thanks to crossbreeding and cryopreservation. Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 An article last Sunday about the cryonics industry misspelled the name of a Russian cryopreservation company. New York Times, 3 July 2021 In fact, protective mechanisms against this are highly sought after by anyone in the business of cryopreservation, making this latest finding especially enticing from that perspective. Wired, 27 June 2021 As for research into cryopreservation of larger organisms, the authors suggest that this becomes trickier as the organism in question becomes more complex. Wired, 27 June 2021 During the pandemic, a heightened awareness of mortality seems to have led to more interest in signing up for cryopreservation procedures that can cost north of $200,000. New York Times, 26 June 2021 The procedure, known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, has helped many people potentially expand their timeline for having kids. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of cryopreservation

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryopreservation

cryo- + preservation

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cryo·​pres·​er·​va·​tion | \ -ˌprez-ər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce cryopreservation (audio) \

Medical Definition of cryopreservation

: preservation (as of sperm or eggs) by subjection to extremely low temperatures

Other Words from cryopreservation

cryopreserve \ -​pri-​ˈzərv How to pronounce cryopreservation (audio) \ transitive verb cryopreserved; cryopreserving


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