suspended animation

noun

Definition of suspended animation 

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

2 : a condition (such as inactivity) likened to suspended animation

Examples of suspended animation in a Sentence

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

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And such learned behaviours continue even after an animal has been in suspended animation for decades. The Economist, "Worm holeThe first voyager to another star may be a worm or a tardigrade," 2 Nov. 2017 Some of the specimens in Dr Rothman’s laboratory have been in suspended animation at -70°C for 33 years. The Economist, "Worm holeThe first voyager to another star may be a worm or a tardigrade," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of suspended animation

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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suspended animation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suspended animation

: 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

suspended animation

noun
sus·pend·ed animation | \sə-ˈspend-əd- \

Medical Definition of suspended animation 

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

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