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

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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 A few years later, scientists developed reliable cryopreservation methods, setting the stage for commercial sperm banks. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 Also there will be up to a $60,000 reimbursement for player costs related to adoption, surrogacy cryopreservation and fertility treatment. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Why the WNBA collective bargaining agreement is a big win for league, players," 14 Jan. 2020 The malfunction took place March 3, 2018, when temperatures rose in a cryopreservation tank, rendering 4,000 embryos and eggs of more than 900 families nonviable. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Woman, couple sue University Hospitals over loss of embryos, eggs in freezer malfunction," 5 Feb. 2020 Also included: up to $60,000 reimbursement for veteran players for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation or fertility/infertility treatment. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Historic CBA elevates WNBA as progressive, aggressive league," 14 Jan. 2020 And for those choosing to delay having children, the company is paying for egg and sperm cryopreservation., "Jackie Geilfuss recently submitted an unusual expense report to her employer: $6,285 for the purchase of sperm.," 15 Nov. 2019 The malfunction took place March 3, 2018, when temperatures rose in a cryopreservation tank, rendering the embryos and the eggs of more than 900 families nonviable. John Caniglia, cleveland, "UH freezer malfunction update: More than 150 families settle lawsuits in loss of embryos," 29 Sep. 2019 Williams' cryopreservation attracted extensive media attention after a former Alcor employee wrote a tell-all book, saying Williams' head had been mistreated in the Alcor lab. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Scottsdale cryonics facility, the home of Ted Williams' head, hopes frozen dead people will live again," 17 May 2019 Developed in the 1960s to store livestock semen for breeding, the cryopreservation containers aren’t regulated any better than kitchen appliances or farm tools. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019

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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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The first known use of cryopreservation was in 1965

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“Cryopreservation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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