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Completely reversible dehydration of live organisms.
[anhydro- + biosis]
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A dormant state induced by drought in which an organism becomes almost completely dehydrated and reduces its metabolic activity to an imperceptible level, occurring in small invertebrates such as tardigrades and in some plant seeds.

an·hy′dro·bi·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
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Natural dehydration regimes as prerequisite for the successful induction of anhydrobiosis in the nematode Rotylenchulus reniformis.
Revival from anhydrobiosis has been studied in detail in Philodina roseola, a bdelloid very common worldwide (Jacobs, 1909).
How rotifers prevent lethal damage during anhydrobiosis has not yet been fully resolved.
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.
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Crowe (1974) discusses several types of latent states among tardi grades including anhydrobiosis, the cryptobiotic state induced by desiccation, the state that most limno-terrestrial tardigrades must survive.