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


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

In Origin, the passengers wake up from stasis, en route to the distant planet Thea. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "YouTube’s tech-noir series Origin is Lost… in space," 14 Nov. 2018 But the continuation of this happy stasis depends on something that is very hard to predict: How many more people are waiting to reappear in the labor force? Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "We Can’t Make Unemployment Great Again," 3 Aug. 2018 Tuesday: The Reserve Bank of Australia releases a policy statement after recently completing two years of policy stasis, keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low 1.5%. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Global Economy Week Ahead: Trade Deficit and Jobs Report," 2 Sep. 2018 For decades, Sears defied the stasis that is the enemy of so many enterprises. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "No single force brought down Sears, but the lessons are haunting," 16 Oct. 2018 Willy, on the other hand, represents stasis, despite all his self-indulgent moral flexibility. WSJ, "‘Colette’ Review: Literary History With a Modern Flavor," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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

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


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