a carbon-based material in which a person can be cryogenically preserved
Introduced in the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Threepio: They've encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well-protected—if he survives the freezing process, that is.
Their mission…is to rescue Han Solo, decorating a wall of Jabba’s rec room while still suspended in the ‘carbonite’ hibernation where ‘Empire’ left him.
Unless you've been frozen in carbonite or are hopelessly gullible, it must have occurred to you…that environmental activists are exaggerating just a bit.
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