In a very broad sense, preservation can be defined as the process of reversibly arresting the biochemical reactions and therefore the metabolism of an organism (in a state of suspended animation ) in order to sustain function after a “prolonged” exposure to otherwise lethal conditions. The lethal conditions are created by the inadequacy of the surrounding medium in supplying nutrients and removing by-products, exposure to draught, or the extremes of temperature that would disturb the biochemical processes vital to the organism.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Tissue Engineering|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2007|