general adaptation syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of general adaptation syndrome

: the sequence of physiological reactions to prolonged stress that in the classification of Hans Selye includes alarm, resistance, and exhaustion

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“General adaptation syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/general%20adaptation%20syndrome. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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