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English definition of “suspended animation”

suspended animation

noun [U]    
a state in which life in a body is temporarily slowed down or stopped : Some animals , such as hedgehogs , exist in a state of suspended animation during the winter .figurative A cut in interest rates would lift the economy out of its current state of suspended animation .Animal (non-human) behaviourNot functioning
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