Hibernation definition

hībər-nāshən
An inactive state resembling deep sleep in which certain animals living in cold climates pass the winter. In hibernation, the body temperature is lowered and breathing and heart rates slow down. Hibernation protects the animal from cold and reduces the need for food during the season when food is scarce.
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(biology) A state of inactivity and metabolic depression in animals during winter.
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(computing) A standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory.
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(space science) To put a spacecraft in a state of minimum power consumption.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hibernation
Plural:
hibernations

Origin of hibernation

  • From Latin hibernatio.

    From Wiktionary