sta·​sis | \ ˈstā-səs How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈsta- \
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈsta-​ \

Definition of stasis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid: such as
a : slowing of the current of circulating blood
b : reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces
2a : a state of static balance or equilibrium : stagnation
b : a state or period of stability during which little or no evolutionary change in a lineage occurs
plural -stases

Definition of -stasis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : stoppage : slowing hemostasis bacteriostasis
2 : stable state homeostasis

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Examples of stasis in a Sentence

Noun The country is in economic stasis. His art was characterized by bursts of creativity followed by long periods of stasis.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Polar regions, such as Greenland and Antarctica, that are covered with ice year-round are hot spots for micrometeorite research because of their geographical isolation and stasis. Sarah Derouin, Scientific American, "Antarctic Study Shows How Much Space Dust Hits Earth Every Year," 29 Apr. 2021 By contrast, the previous few years (in 2017, 2016, and 2015) devoted minimal space to Amazon’s blue-collar employees, focusing instead on topics like how the company maintains a culture of high standards, fends off stasis, and grew Amazon Prime. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Jeff Bezos says Amazon needs to change to be “Earth’s Best Employer”," 15 Apr. 2021 And while the pandemic meant stasis for many companies, Diaspora Co. has been growing, now employing a team of 10. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Diaspora Co.’s Fair-Trade Spices Will Enlighten More Than Your Cooking," 9 Apr. 2021 Will our panedemic year of stasis change what that means? Will Jeakle, Forbes, "How Ambition Has Changed During The Panedemic," 19 Mar. 2021 The three witches are the only ones able to navigate the space of the village, thrown into stasis. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "‘Red Moon Tide’ On MUBI: In-Between Realms On The Galician Coast," 21 Apr. 2021 But the stasis is also the result of Mr. Netanyahu’s refusal to resign despite standing trial over accusations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. New York Times, "Netanyahu’s Party Leads but Faces Obstacles to Forming Government in Israel," 23 Mar. 2021 Before the Industrial Revolution, the Earth's climate was, for a large amount of time, in a relatively stable, harmonious stasis where heat energy coming in to the atmosphere was equivalent to energy going out. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Puddle Potential for Twins Home Opener - Chilly "Correction" Next Week," 7 Apr. 2021 As a rule, economic planning results in much worse than stasis. John Tamny, Forbes, "If China Is As Bad As Its Critics Say, Then We Have Nothing To Fear," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stasis


1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stasis


New Latin, from Greek, act or condition of standing, stopping, from histasthai to stand — more at stand

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek stasis

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5 May 2021

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“Stasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stasis

formal : a state or condition in which things do not change, move, or progress


sta·​sis | \ ˈstā-səs How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈstas-əs How to pronounce stasis (audio) \
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈstas-​ˌēz How to pronounce stasis (audio) \

Medical Definition of stasis

: a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid biliary stasis : as
a : slowing of the current of circulating blood
b : reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces

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