Definition of stasis
stasesplay \ˈstā-ˌsēz, ˈsta-\
1 : a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid: such asa : slowing of the current of circulating bloodb : reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces
2a : a state of static balance or equilibrium : stagnationb : a state or period of stability during which little or no evolutionary change in a lineage occurs
Examples of stasis in a Sentence
The country is in economic stasis.
His art was characterized by bursts of creativity followed by long periods of stasis.
Recent Examples of stasis from the Web
One of the keys to achieving this, says Storey, is identifying the one to two percent of cell functions that stay on to keep the body alive during stasis.
And what could be more horrific than being plucked from prenatal stasis into a deafening chaos ahead of schedule?
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Origin and Etymology of stasis
New Latin, from Greek, act or condition of standing, stopping, from histasthai to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1745
Definition of -stasis
1 : stoppage : slowing hemostasis bacteriostasis
2 : stable state homeostasis
Origin and Etymology of -stasis
New Latin, from Greek stasis
STASIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stasis for English Language Learners
: a state or condition in which things do not change, move, or progress
Medical Definition of stasis
stases\ˈstā-ˌsēz, ˈstas-ˌēz\play play
: a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid biliary stasis: asa: slowing of the current of circulating bloodb: reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces
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