[ krahy-oh-prez-er-vey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkraɪ oʊˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən /


the storage of blood or living tissues at extremely cold temperatures, often -196 degrees Celsius.

Origin of cryopreservation

1972; cryo- + preservation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cryopreservation


[ krī′ō-prĕz′ər-vāshən ]


Maintenance of the viability of excised tissues or organs by freezing at extremely low temperatures.

Related forms

cry′o•pre•serve (krī′ō-prĭ-zûrv) v.
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