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Definition of Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation: The process of cooling and storing cells, tissues, or organs at very low temperatures to maintain their viability. For example, the technology of cooling and storing cells at a temperature below the freezing point ('196' C) permits high rates of survivability of the cells upon thawing.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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