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English definition of “suspended animation”

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.Animal (non-human) behaviourNot functioning
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