sta·​sis | \ˈstā-səs, ˈsta-\
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz , 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


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

These stories are funny and moving and peopled by Southern characters grappling with privilege, tradition, and stasis. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "10 Books by Southern Writers We Bet You Haven’t Read Yet," 29 June 2018 Since poor blood flow usually happens in your lower legs, this is where stasis dermatitis most often crops up, the AAD says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Types of Eczema You Should Know, Because There’s Actually More Than One," 31 May 2018 Why the sudden explosion in hardware after years of chip maker stasis? Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 Crime is utterly unheard of, so when a violent criminal named Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) escapes after being brought out of cryogenic stasis, the authorities have no idea what to do. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 Other metrics, like the number of employers in the past year, are also either stable, or show a trend toward stasis. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 Moving on from aging stars is never easy, and there was the potential for Ronaldo, with his vast wages, effectively to keep the club in stasis. Jonathan Wilson,, "Cristiano Ronaldo's Transfer Has Seismic Impact at Real Madrid, Juventus, Beyond," 10 July 2018 The uncertainty over the manager's future has sent the club into a kind of stasis, with no players coming in or going out while the manager's position at the club remains unclear., "How Roman Abramovich Lost His Grip on English Football & What it Means for Chelsea Moving Forward," 29 June 2018 Gevers argued that the stasis hadn’t been his fault. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of stasis


1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stasis


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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English Language Learners Definition of stasis

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


sta·​sis | \ˈstā-səs, ˈstas-əs \
plural stases\ ˈstā-​ˌsēz , ˈstas-​ˌēz \

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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