stasis

noun
sta·​sis | \ ˈstā-səs How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈsta- \
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈsta-​ \

Definition of stasis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : 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
plural -stases

Definition of -stasis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : stoppage : slowing hemostasis bacteriostasis
2 : stable state homeostasis

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Examples of stasis in a Sentence

Noun The country is in economic stasis. His art was characterized by bursts of creativity followed by long periods of stasis.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Or, on a spinning planet, does stasis count as change? Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 But what was meant to be a start, ended up being a stasis. Jessica Crue, Allure, 31 Aug. 2021 Hollywood and indie films in the Boston Gothic mode trade in tropes of class aspiration, stasis, and descent. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 And reggaeton is a genre of transformation, a movement that has refused stasis and undergone constant reinvention over the course of its existence. Isabelia Herrera, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 After the war, the Philharmonic subsided into an era of sleepy stasis, its finances in constant crisis. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 However, the Gondolas4all project is currently in stasis due to lack of funding. Julia Buckley, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021 Between the events of Mass Effect 2 and 3, a group of people left the Milky Way in cryo-stasis and made the centuries-long journey to the Andromeda galaxy. Swapna Krishna, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 But then, as the weeks passed, an uneasy stasis took hold. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of stasis

Noun

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stasis

Noun

New Latin, from Greek, act or condition of standing, stopping, from histasthai to stand — more at stand

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek stasis

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“Stasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stasis. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for stasis

stasis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stasis

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

stasis

noun
sta·​sis | \ ˈstā-səs How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈstas-əs How to pronounce stasis (audio) \
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce stasis (audio) , ˈstas-​ˌēz How to pronounce stasis (audio) \

Medical Definition of stasis

: 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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