cryptobiosis


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cryptobiosis

(krĭp′tō-bī-ō′sĭs)
n.
A dormant state induced by unfavorable environmental conditions such as high or low temperature, reduced oxygen, or drought, in which an organism's metabolic activity is reduced to an imperceptible level.

cryp′to·bi·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
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In order to purge the anabiotic process of its spontaneous-generation taint, he says, scientists in this century renamed it cryptobiosis, meaning return to life, or anhydrobiosis, meaning life without water.
Similar evidences of pathological effects of Cryptobiosis in rainbow trout have also been documented by Lowe-Jinde (1986).
In recent years, Cryptobiosis, caused by the hemoflagellate, has been found in many fishes (Lom.