suspended animation


noun

a state of temporary cessation of the vital functions.

Nearby words

  1. susie,
  2. suslik,
  3. suslov,
  4. suspect,
  5. suspend,
  6. suspended sentence,
  7. suspender,
  8. suspender belt,
  9. suspense,
  10. suspense account

Origin of suspended animation

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for suspended animation

suspended animation

noun

a temporary cessation of the vital functions, as by freezing an organism
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Medicine definitions for suspended animation

suspended animation

[ sə-spĕndĭd ]

n.

A temporary interruption of the vital functions resembling death.

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