sta·​sis | \ ˈstā-səs How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈsta-\
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce stases (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 There’s an ominous trailer below, which seemingly centers around an army frozen in stasis—and which is now starting to awaken. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "PDXCON 2019: Paradox reveals Crusader Kings III, Surviving the Aftermath, and more," 19 Oct. 2019 The Baltimore records show rapid change in the landscape of vacant properties, even as the overall picture is one of stasis. Christine Zhang,, "Baltimore is furiously knocking down vacant houses — but barely keeps up as new ones go empty," 18 Oct. 2019 Within minutes, the force of the upwelling cleared the pool and stasis returned. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 Diplomatic relations between the two nations have largely been in stasis since, with the exception of a brief thaw in June when Kim and Trump met at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. Fox News, "State Department, North Korea disagree over whether latest nuclear talks broke down," 5 Oct. 2019 While there are a lot of weapons to collect (and buy, as physical toys), these weapons are limited to one of five types—kinetic, ice, fire, gravity, and stasis. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 The Soviets promised to lift Chukchi from timeless stasis into conscious, historical action, not seeing in Chukchi histories of war and domestication a people who already understood the future as theirs to shape. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 Buckley can relate to the character’s stasis and yearning for renewal. Christopher Wallenberg,, "Betty Buckley has found her match with ‘Hello, Dolly!’," 8 Aug. 2019 Astronauts train for life in microgravity, where small movements create momentum and stasis requires handholds and tethers. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "How a Robotic Tail Could Help Future Space Travelers," 5 Apr. 2019

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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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The first known use of stasis was in 1745

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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 stases (audio) , ˈstas-​ˌēz How to pronounce stases (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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