dis·​equi·​lib·​ri·​um | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌē-kwə-ˈli-brē-əm How to pronounce disequilibrium (audio) , -ˌe-kwə- \

Definition of disequilibrium

: loss or lack of equilibrium

Examples of disequilibrium in a Sentence

The condition is caused by a disequilibrium in the brain's chemistry.
Recent Examples on the Web The 2018 merger of Northrop Grumman with Orbital Sciences created a disequilibrium in the solid rocket motor sector. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Until the Black Death, medical writers did not routinely categorize distinct diseases, and instead often presented illness as a generalized physical disequilibrium. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, 13 July 2021 However, based on the advice of nearly every energy economist and pundit, OPEC decided to defend a price close to the disequilibrium level, which was unsustainable. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 While some experienced a constant disequilibrium and brain fog that were similar to mine, others had become accustomed to a pattern of short periods of relative health alternating with longer periods of vertigo. Brian Platzer, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 This disequilibrium lasts until the shorts are sufficiently at a neutral risk position, or squeezed, dead or fired. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, 7 Feb. 2020 That disequilibrium has, in turn, been dogged by a creeping tension, and the new frontier narrative has been accompanied by one of looming conflict, even the possibility of a new Cold War. Neil Shea, National Geographic, 21 Aug. 2019 The disequilibrium in Arctic approaches has worried some observers and led to news headlines that regularly describe the Arctic as a kind of Wild West, or as a frigid theater where nations will square off in the next Cold War. Neil Shea, National Geographic, 8 May 2019 Biochemists have tended to favor an alternative proposal, that a chance occurrence of prebiotic chemistry triggered an initial disequilibrium. Quanta Magazine, 26 Nov. 2014 See More

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First Known Use of disequilibrium

1840, in the meaning defined above

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dis·​equi·​lib·​ri·​um | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌē-kwə-ˈlib-rē-əm, -ˌek-wə- How to pronounce disequilibrium (audio) \
plural disequilibriums or disequilibria\ -​rē-​ə How to pronounce disequilibrium (audio) \

Medical Definition of disequilibrium

: loss or lack of equilibrium ionic disequilibrium in a resting nerve cell emotional disequilibrium

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