cryptobiosis
n. [Gr. kryptos, hidden; bios, life]
1. Living in a concealed or secluded environment.
2. A term used to describe an organism that shows no visible signs of life, with metabolic activity brought to a reversible standstill.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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