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  1. a bringing back to consciousness; reanimation after apparent death.
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Origin of anabiosis

1885–90; < New Latin < Greek anabíōsis a coming back to life, equivalent to anabiō-, variant stem of anabioûn to return to life (see ana-, bio-) + -sis -sis
Related formsan·a·bi·ot·ic [an-uh-bahy-ot-ik] /ˌæn ə baɪˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anabiosis


  1. the ability to return to life after apparent death; suspended animation
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Derived Formsanabiotic (ˌænəbaɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek, from anabioein to come back to life, from ana- + bios life
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anabiosis in Medicine


  1. A restoring to life from a deathlike condition; resuscitation.
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