suspended animation - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/səˌspendɪd ænɪˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
  1. 1
    a state that is almost like death, achieved by making the body processes of a person or animal work much more slowly than normal
  2. 2
    a situation in which someone feels they cannot be active because they must wait for something to happen