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Completely reversible dehydration of live organisms.
[anhydro- + biosis]


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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Revival from anhydrobiosis has been studied in detail in Philodina roseola, a bdelloid very common worldwide (Jacobs, 1909).
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.
The technology, based on the principles of anhydrobiosis (life without water), which allows multicellular organisms to survive extreme environments, is providing scientists with the ability to preserve biological samples like RNA and DNA at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.
SampleMatrix is based on extremophile biology in which organisms are able to survive long term in a state of anhydrobiosis (life without water) and later be revived by rehydration.