Definitions

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  • n. A state of life, entered by some organisms, in which all metabolic activity is temporarily halted

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state in which an animal's metabolic activities come to a reversible standstill

Etymologies

crypto- + -biosis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The insects had survived through the millennia thanks a little trick known as cryptobiosis, which is employed by some simple creatures in real life to handle tough times.

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  • Go and have a look on wikipedia, type "cryptobiosis".

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  • The main characteristic that allowed un-hatched "Sea-Monkeys" to be cheaply packaged, shipped, and handled is that in easily prepared environments, they enter cryptobiosis, a natural state of suspended animation.

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  • Sea-Monkeys have a biological life cycle of one year, but thanks to their ability to enter cryptobiosis, a Sea-Monkey colony could sustain itself for two years.

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  • Hello, go to wikipedia, type cryptobiosis, and you'll find some interesting animal.

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  • But you don’t have to crack open an mummy’s tomb to come face-to-face with cryptobiosis.

    Eureka: Putting the Crypt in Cryptobiosis

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