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cryptobiosisKryptobiose (ger.)

  • A condition in which an organism (or an egg, seed, etc.) is in a dormant and resistant state without visible signs of life, remaining so until environmental or seasonal conditions are favourable for a return to normal activity. (OED 2011)
    I should like to propose the term cryptobiosis, that is, latent life, for the state of an organism when it shows no visible signs of life and when its metabolic activity becomes hardly measurable, or comes reversibly to a standstill.
    Keilin, D. (1959). The Leeuwenhoek lecture – the problem of anabiosis or latent life: history and current concept. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 150, 149-191: 166.