stasis

noun sta·sis \ ˈstā-səs , ˈsta- \
Updated on: 21 May 2018
plural stases play \ˈstā-ˌsēz, ˈsta-\
1 : a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid: such as
a : slowing of the current of circulating blood
b : reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces
2 a : a state of static balance or equilibrium : stagnation
b : 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

-stasis

noun combining form
plural -stases
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

stasis

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


Medical Dictionary

stasis

noun sta·sis \ ˈstā-səs , ˈstas-əs \
plural stases play \ˈstā-ˌsēz, ˈstas-ˌēz\
: a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid
  • biliary stasis
: as
a : slowing of the current of circulating blood
b : reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces


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