[ 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

Definition for cryopreservations (2 of 2)


[ krahy-oh-pri-zurv ]
/ ˌkraɪ oʊ prɪˈzɜrv /

verb (used with object), cry·o·pre·served, cry·o·pre·serv·ing. Medicine/Medical.

to maintain the viability of (cells, tissue, organs, etc.) by storing them at very low temperatures.

Related forms

cry·o·pres·er·va·tion [krahy-oh-prez-er-vey-shuh n] /ˌkraɪ oʊˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cryopreservations


[ 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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