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 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 Even happy events—going off to college, the birth of a child—can throw a system into a state of disequilibrium. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 9 July 2018 Roger Bootle, founder of Capital Economics, says the next five to 10 years will be disequilibrium on steroids. Bloomberg.com, 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of disequilibrium

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Disequilibrium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disequilibrium. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disequilibrium

formal + technical : a loss or lack of balance


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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