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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Other Words from homeostasis

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

Examples of homeostasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Readers will be introduced to the importance of homeostasis—the equilibrium of living things—in termites and their mounds, the microbes in the termite’s gut and the frustrating research into re-creating the termite’s metabolism. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "‘Underbug’ Review: Termites and Us," 23 Aug. 2018 There are no winners and losers in a real friendship; the give-and-take is part of our interpersonal homeostasis. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Ties in Biology, Trump-Pfizer Takeaways, Obamacare Navigator Cuts," 11 July 2018 One of the important characteristics of a system is the perpetual movement toward homeostasis. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Here’s When Family Therapy Can Help," 9 July 2018 On a molecular level, the defended set points for cellular homeostasis are altered. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Autism study questions and answers," 26 May 2017 Unlike my other grade school teachers, who often expressed personal offense when my classmates (never me) were out of line, Ms. DeRoss strove for homeostasis in the classroom and in her own demeanor. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "Weird, wonderful, or both? We asked the newsroom which teachers they’ve changed their minds about," 3 May 2017

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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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Cite this Entry

“Homeostasis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeostatic. Accessed 25 January 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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