adaptation syndrome


Definition of adaptation syndrome

: the defensive response of the body through the endocrine system to systemic injury evoked by stresses and worked out by an initial stage of shock, a stage of growing resistance or adaptation, and a stage of healing or of becoming exhausted if adaptation fails — see alarm reaction

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Adaptation syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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