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suspended animation

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noun
  1. a state of temporary cessation of the vital functions.

Origin of suspended animation

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for suspended animation

suspended animation

noun
  1. a temporary cessation of the vital functions, as by freezing an organism
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suspended animation in Medicine

suspended animation

(sə-spĕndĭd)
n.
  1. A temporary interruption of the vital functions resembling death.
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