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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dormant state induced by unfavorable environmental conditions such as high or low temperature, reduced oxygen, or drought, in which an organism's metabolic activity is reduced to an imperceptible level.

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

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

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crypto- + -biosis

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