ho·​meo·​sta·​sis | \ ˌhō-mē-ō-ˈstā-səs How to pronounce homeostasis (audio) \

Definition of homeostasis

: a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group striving to achieve homeostasis

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homeostatic \ ˌhō-​mē-​ō-​ˈsta-​tik How to pronounce homeostatic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of homeostasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a few months, people's bodies naturally adapt to the status quo, a state of internal stability that biologists call homeostasis. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How to find resilience during the coronavirus pandemic," 2 July 2020 This diurnal feedback loop is the crux of homeostasis, or biological equilibrium, but all musicians know what can happen when the conductor of the orchestra misses a beat. New York Times, "Circadian Rhythms: The Conductor of Our Body’s Symphony," 7 May 2020 Anxiety is our body’s way of maintaining homeostasis and safety and protection. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q&A: Local mental health expert explains anxiety and how to monitor stress," 9 Apr. 2020 Indeed, one of the survival traits of human beings is psychological homeostasis, or the tendency to get used to circumstances quickly, both good and bad. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "The Three Equations for a Happy Life," 9 Apr. 2020 Battling an infection requires your body to work harder than usual, and that includes making your heart beat faster in order to fight for homeostasis (its usual stable condition) and kick the infection to the curb, Dr. Mills-Frazier says. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Surprising Reasons Your Heart Is Racing and How to Remedy Them," 27 Mar. 2020 As a cold-blooded reptile that consumes more than half its body weight, the near-100 degree temperature is required for Matt to maintain homeostasis. Evan Dudley, al, "The truth behind why having komodo dragon at UAB games is a very bad idea," 24 Sep. 2019 This results in regulation, uniformity or homeostasis. Quanta Magazine, "How Equality and Inequality Shape the Birds and the Bees," 17 Oct. 2018 These bacteria play a major role in maintaining homeostasis at all layers. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could a Shower Filter Be the Missing Component to Your Wellness Routine?," 1 May 2019

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First Known Use of homeostasis

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homeostasis

New Latin

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The first known use of homeostasis was in 1926

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“Homeostasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeostasis. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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variants: or British homoeostasis \ ˌhō-​mē-​ō-​ˈstā-​səs How to pronounce homoeostasis (audio) \

Medical Definition of homeostasis

: the maintenance of relatively stable internal physiological conditions (as body temperature or the pH of blood) in higher animals under fluctuating environmental conditions also : the process of maintaining a stable psychological state in the individual under varying psychological pressures or stable social conditions in a group under varying social, environmental, or political factors

Other Words from homeostasis

homeostatic or British homoeostatic \ -​ˈstat-​ik How to pronounce homoeostatic (audio) \ adjective
homeostatically or British homoeostatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homoeostatically (audio) \ adjective

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