Cryopreservation
The process of cooling and storing cells, tissues, or organs at very low temperatures to maintain viability. For example, the technology of cooling and storing cells at a temperature below the freezing point (-196 C) permits high rates of survivability upon thawing. In Greek "kryos" = cold. Cryopreservation is cold storage for the purpose of preservation.
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Maintenance of the viability of excised tissues or organs at extremely low temperatures.

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cryo·pres·er·va·tion -.prez-ər-'vā-shən n preservation (as of sperm or eggs) by subjection to extremely low temperatures
cryo·pre·serve -pri-'zərv vt, -served; -serv·ing

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n.
preservation of tissues by freezing. Cryopreservation of embryos may be employed as part of in vitro fertilization procedures, for example if there are medical reasons for delaying the pregnancy.

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cryo·pres·er·va·tion (kri″o-prez″ər-vaґshən) [cryo- + preservation] maintenance of the viability of excised tissue, organs, embryos, cells, or other substances, by storing them at very low temperatures.

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