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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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