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plural stats
: statistic
If he keeps this pace, the incredible Nikola Jokic, at least according to one stat, will have the greatest offensive season in NBA history.Jerry Schemmel
usually used in plural
… journals that keep track of your progress by converting your stats into charts.Vicki Woods
stats demonstrating stark economic disparities …Tim McDonnell
… knew the stats of every Brooklyn Dodgers game.S. L. Price


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: without delay : immediately
get a doctor stat


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noun combining form

: stabilizing agent or device
: instrument for reflecting (something specified) constantly in one direction
: agent causing inhibition of growth without destruction

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Word History



from stat, abbreviation for L. statim

Noun combining form

New Latin -stata, from Greek -statēs one that stops or steadies, from histanai to cause to stand — more at stand

First Known Use


circa 1961, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stat was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Stat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


: statim

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