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homeostasis

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noun ho·meo·sta·sis \ˌhō-mē-ō-ˈstā-səs\

Definition of homeostasis

  1. :  a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group

ho·meo·stat·ic play \-ˈsta-tik\ adjective


Origin of homeostasis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1926


Medical Dictionary

homeostasis

noun ho·meo·sta·sis

Medical Definition of homeostasis

  1. :  the maintenance of relatively stable internal physiological conditions (as body temperature or the pH of blood) in higher animals under fluctuating environmental conditions; also :  the process of maintaining a stable psychological state in the individual under varying psychological pressures or stable social conditions in a group under varying social, environmental, or political factors

  2. ho·meo·stat·ic or British ho·moeo·stat·ic \-ˈstat-ik\play adjective
    ho·meo·stat·i·cal·ly or British ho·moeo·stat·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adjective



Variants of homeostasis

or British ho·moeo·sta·sis \ˌhō-mē-ō-ˈstā-səs\play

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