Definition of Hibernation

1. Noun. The torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter.

Generic synonyms: Torpidity, Torpor
Derivative terms: Hibernate



2. Noun. Cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals.
Generic synonyms: Dormancy, Quiescence, Quiescency
Derivative terms: Hibernate

3. Noun. The act of retiring into inactivity. "He emerged from his hibernation to make his first appearance in several years"
Generic synonyms: Retirement

Definition of Hibernation

1. n. The act or state of hibernating.

Definition of Hibernation

1. Noun. (biology) A state of inactivity and metabolic depression in animals during winter. ¹

2. Noun. (computing) A standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hibernation

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Medical Definition of Hibernation

1. The dormant state in which some animal species pass the winter. It is characterised by narcosis and by sharp reduction in body temperature and metabolic activity and by a depression of vital signs. It is a natural physiological process in many warm-blooded animals. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hibernation

hibachis
hibakusha
hibakushas
hibbingite
hibernacle
hibernacles
hibernacula
hibernaculum
hibernal
hibernate
hibernated
hibernates
hibernating
hibernating(a)
hibernating gland
hibernation (current term)
hibernations
hibernator
hibernators
hibernoma
hibiscus
hibiscuses
hibonite
hibonites
hic
hic Rhodus, hic salta
hicatee
hicatees
hiccatee
hiccatees

Literary usage of Hibernation

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1. The Mechanism of Evolution in Leptinotarsa by William Lawrence Tower, Joseph Kumler Breitenbecher (1918)
"Tower (1906) showed that preparation for hibernation in the winter generation ... Tower states : " Preparation for hibernation consists in a physiological ..."

2. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1860)
"The phenomena of hibernation, however, are not confined to the winter season, and are not necessarily connected with a low degree of external temperature; ..."

3. An Investigation of Evolution in Chrysomelid Beetles of the Genus Leptinotarsa by William Lawrence Tower (1906)
"hibernation and aestivation are fundamentally one and the same process, the term hibernation being applied to the dormant period produced by lowered ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The phenomena of hibernation, however, are not confined to the winter season, and are not necessarily connected with a low degree of external temperature ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"I have always contended that the moth survived within the limits of the United States, and in this paper the fact of its hibernation, principally under the ..."

6. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People by Ephraim Chambers (1870)
"The term hibernation is not a good one, because summer heat produces in some ... It is not very clearly known to what extent hibernation prevails in tlie ..."

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