regeneration tank n.
a tank, typically filled with a nutrient bath, in which a person can recover from severe injury, such as the loss of a limb
‘Len’s gone, Doc’…. ‘Artificial respiration and get him into a regeneration tank’.… The tanks were ordinarily used to suspend animation in a nutrient bath during the regrowth of any diseased organ.
Contagion in Galaxy Science Fiction Oct. 132/2
I placed the dead limbs into my regeneration tanks and revived the cells and the tissue.
Defence Mechanism in New Worlds Science Fiction (#65) Nov. 74
They came out into a laboratory cut deep in the rock…. This was the room where Ren kept he stolen regeneration tank.
Mindfield! in Amazing Stories Mar. 28/2
The wounded actor was philosophical about his three months in the regeneration tank. ‘Just the hazards of the trade, kid,’ he had told his remorseful attacker.
Many-Colored Land (1983) 25
Gary Mitchell lay in a regeneration tank, drugged and sleeping and immersed up to his neck in translucent green regen gel.
His body told him, quite pointedly, that he'd been extremely stupid. It implied that if he ever subjected it to that kind of abuse again, he was going to find himself in a regeneration tank for at least six months.
Gods & Pawns 329
Katherine MacLean, in Galaxy
Research HistorySupposedly in David Langford's Space Eater (1982); we would like to check this.
We would like any early examples.
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