cryptobiosis

noun

cryp·​to·​bi·​o·​sis ˌkrip-(ˌ)tō-ˌbī-ˈō-səs, -(ˌ)bē- How to pronounce cryptobiosis (audio)
plural cryptobioses -ˌsēz How to pronounce cryptobiosis (audio)
: the reversible cessation of metabolism under extreme environmental conditions (as low temperature)

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“Cryptobiosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cryptobiosis. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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