Definition of cryptobiont in US English:

cryptobiont

noun

Biology
  • An organism capable of cryptobiosis.

    • ‘Its presence, generally in the order of 0.2 g/g dry cell weight in most cryptobionts, enables them to resist extreme dehydration, high temperatures, X-rays and also, in some species of tardigrades, pressures as high as 600 MPa.’
    • ‘Paedomorphosis characterises the only European real cryptobiont, while the existence of alternative life-history pathways among individuals of the same population is extremely high in Balkan newts, especially along the Dinaric Alps.’
    • ‘A community of cryptobionts that included sphinctozoan sponges, bryozoans, crinoids, brachiopods, and corals occupied resulting crypts.’
    • ‘The only real cryptobiont of the Balkans, the olm, has not yet been recorded by specialists in the western parts of Montenegro despite considerable anecdotal evidence of its presence.’

Pronunciation

cryptobiont

/ˌkriptōˈbīänt/