Definition of suspended animation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    suspended animation

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  1. 1the state of being alive but not conscious or active Hibernating animals survive the winter in suspended animation.
  2. 2a feeling that you cannot do anything because you are waiting for something to happen We waited, in a state of suspended animation, not knowing what would happen.
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