Suspended animation is the process in which a person is kept alive for extended periods of time.
A person is first placed in a container or some hold built for suspended animation. The hold is closed and the person is then frozen until the systems of their body slow down and eventually stop, "freezing" the person in time. As long as they are in suspended animation, they will not age.
Freezing a person in carbonite is somewhat similar to a person in suspended animation. Upon being released from the carbonite, a person may experiecne temporary blindness as well as hibernation sickness, whereas a person who is released from suspended animation will feel no effects.
Notable users of hibernation inclue...