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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for anabiotic


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

Word Origin for anabiosis

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


  1. Of, relating to, or being restorative; resuscitative.
  1. A powerful stimulant; a revivifying remedy.


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