stasis

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noun sta·sis \ˈstā-səs, ˈsta-\

Definition of stasis

plural

stases

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  1. The country is in economic stasis.

  2. His art was characterized by bursts of creativity followed by long periods of stasis.

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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


-stasis

noun combining form sta·sis

Definition of -stasis

plural

-stases

  1. 1 :  stoppage :  slowing hemostasis bacteriostasis

  2. 2 :  stable state homeostasis

Origin and Etymology of -stasis

New Latin, from Greek stasis


STASIS Defined for English Language Learners

stasis

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Definition of stasis for English Language Learners

  • : a state or condition in which things do not change, move, or progress


Medical Dictionary

stasis

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noun sta·sis \ˈstā-səs, ˈstas-əs\

Medical Definition of stasis

plural

stases

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  1. :  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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