stasis

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noun

sta·​sis ˈstā-səs How to pronounce stasis (audio)
ˈsta-
plural stases ˈstā-ˌsēz How to pronounce stasis (audio)
ˈsta-
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: 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

-stasis

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noun combining form

plural -stases
1
: stoppage : slowing
hemostasis
bacteriostasis
2
: stable state
homeostasis

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.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stasis was in 1745

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Cite this Entry

“Stasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stasis. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

stasis

noun
: 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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