suspended animation

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

  1. animals that sleep through the winter in a state of suspended animation

  2. 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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First Known Use of suspended animation

1787


SUSPENDED ANIMATION Defined for English Language Learners

suspended animation

noun

Definition of suspended animation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

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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