al·​lo·​sta·​sis | \ ˌa-lō-ˈstā-səs How to pronounce allostasis (audio) \

Definition of allostasis

: the process by which a state of internal, physiological equilibrium is maintained by an organism in response to actual or perceived environmental and psychological stressors Therefore, allostasis is the process that keeps the organism alive and functioning, i.e. maintaining homeostasis or “maintaining stability through change” and promoting adaptation and coping, at least in the short run.— Bruce S. McEwen, Neurobiology of Aging, 2002

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Other Words from allostasis

allostatic \ ˌa-​lō-​ˈsta-​tik How to pronounce allostasis (audio) \ adjective
an allostatic state allostatic systems

First Known Use of allostasis

1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allostasis

allo- + -stasis

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“Allostasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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