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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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The gruesome final scene of Paul Davids' ``Timothy Leary's Dead'' shows surgeons in a hospital room removing Leary's head from his body and placing it in a glass-covered cabinet to be frozen cryonically.
In the event that an apocalyptic sect comes along with the belief that in the year 2140 all cryonically stored heads will sprout heavenly eternal bodies in response to messianic call, we should not interfere with believers lest we violate religious conscience and constitutional tradition.
Public Safety Officer John Chimpman quickly scaled the side of the skyscraper, swung through the open 142nd-story window, and surprised organ rustler Frank Beaverman as he was removing the green liver from a cryonically preserved plantman.
Since 1968, when the first human was cryonically suspended, the number has been steadily growing.
Robbins's 2006 agreement with Alcor to have her head cryonically preserved after death, hoping that future technologies could bring her back to life.