a state of temporary cessation of the vital functions.
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How to use suspended animation in a sentence
When conditions get tough, some tiny animals enter suspended animation and wait it out.Tiny animals survive 24,000 years in suspended animation | Alison Pearce Stevens | September 6, 2021 | Science News For Students
Scientists have long worried about the potential for massive amounts of carbon being released by northern permafrost, where ancient plant remains lie in a kind of suspended animation beneath the surface.An enormous missing contribution to global warming may have been right under our feet | Chris Mooney | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
After freezing Hypsibius dujardini tardigrades to put them in a state of suspended animation, Traspas Muiña and planetary scientist Mark Burchell of the University of Kent in England loaded the dormant water bears into nylon bullets.Even hard-to-kill tardigrades can’t always survive being shot out of a gun | Maria Temming | June 2, 2021 | Science News
In a state akin to suspended animation, the squirrels breathe just once a minute, and their hearts beat five times per minute.These Arctic squirrels recycle bits of their own bodies to survive winter | Carolyn Wilke | December 16, 2020 | Science News
The treacherously cold water can actually send a person into a state of suspended animation.
As for Ready for Hillary, it now survives in a sort of suspended animation.
Wananda did not kill her, but placed her in suspended animation within the protective crystal plastic.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
There was but one creature, and he was lying perfectly still, either in a state of suspended animation or else of death.The Jameson Satellite | Neil Ronald Jones
As far as Bart knew, no human being had ever survived warp-drive except in the suspended animation which they called cold-sleep.The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
The policemen shivered out of their state of suspended animation.The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey
In cases of suspended animation from hanging, the assistance must be prompt and energetic.
British Dictionary definitions for suspended animation
a temporary cessation of the vital functions, as by freezing an organism
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