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noun

a state of temporary cessation of the vital functions.

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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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Medical definitions for suspended animation

suspended animation
[ sə-spĕndĭd ]

n.

A temporary interruption of the vital functions resembling death.
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