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cryonics

(krī-ŏn′ĭks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The process of freezing and storing the body of a diseased, recently deceased person to prevent tissue decomposition so that at some future time the person might be brought back to life upon development of new medical cures.

cry·on′ic adj.

cryonics

[krī·on′iks]
Etymology: Gk, kryos, cold
the techniques in which cold is applied for a variety of therapeutic goals, including brief local anesthesia, destruction of superficial skin lesions, and preservation of cells, tissue, organs, or the entire body. cryonic, adj.

cryonics

The placing of a dead person or his or her head/brain in a frozen state, based on the hope that when medical science advances to the point of regenerating tissues and curing the disease that caused the person’s death, the person will be brought back from a state of supposed suspended animation and continue with his or her life. Brain tissue undergoes irreversible changes at death; there is no scientific data to support the claim that rejuvenation is possible.

cryonics

Freezing and storing the human body soon after death to preserve it indefinitely, in the hope that future scientific advances will allow correction of the process that caused the death, so that life can be restored.
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Ettinger's body is the 106th to be frozen and stored at the Cryonics Institute, which he founded in 1976, the Gaurdian reports.
So when a person's body is old, there's no reason to keep it," said Danila Medvedev, who runs KrioRus, the first cryonics outfit outside the United States.
Cryonics The practice of freezing a body, or just the head, in the hope that biotechnology will allow a dead person to be reanimated sometime in the future.
I saw cryonics on daytime television when I was at university, I immediately thought that is for me,' he said.
PACO: Well, before we bring Adam Smith's ghost back through some new cryonics method, explain to me how this is going to work.
Both the Dioramas and the Wax Museums might remind us of a storage unit in a cryonics facility.
Cryonics represent the meaning for preserving the whole body, head, or brain of persons, those are declared dead, in the hope for revival at some time in the future.
While the goings on in London were a little solemn, Barry kicked off his US trip with a trip to the Cryonics Institute.
The process is called cryonics Derived from the Greek word for "cold," cryonics has drawn widespread interest since 1967, when a 73-year-old psychology professor who died of cancer became the first human ever put into deep freeze.
Its editor-in-chief Alun Anderson said: 'We think that the cryonics promotion is a way of making science interesting to everyone, not just scientists, which is exactly the same message we are trying to communicate about the magazine itself.
Nanotechnology also plays a role in what some consider the second best alternative to living forever: cryonics.
News flash: Williams' daughter has asked President Bush and former Senator John Glenn to help stop her halrother from keeping the body of the former Boston Red Sox great in a deep freeze at a cryonics lab in Arizona.