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suspended animation

noun [U] uk   us  
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.
Translations of “suspended animation”
in Chinese (Traditional) 生命暫停,假死…
in Chinese (Simplified) 生命暂停,假死…
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